Two Ukrainians have died during the latest escalation of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, a spokesperson for Ukraine's foreign ministry told AFP Sunday. 

"We have confirmed information about the deaths of two Ukrainian women in Israel. Both citizens had been living in the country for a long time," Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said, adding the consulate was in touch with the victims' relatives.

The death toll in Israel after a surprise attack by Hamas has surged to more than 600, while over 100 people were being held as "prisoners" by the militant group, the Israel government said.

The government's press office posted the latest figures on its Facebook, which were confirmed to AFP by an official working at the bureau who declined to be named.

The death toll "is not a final number", the official said, adding that more than 2,000 people had been wounded including 200 who were in "critical condition".

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