Israel revises Hamas attack death toll to 'around 1,200'

People commemorate the victims of Hamas' attack in front of Brandenburg gate in Berlin

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -A spokesperson for Israel's foreign ministry said on Friday that the death toll from the Oct. 7 Hamas attack in southern Israel had been revised to around 1,200 from a previous government estimate of 1,400.

"Around 1,200 is the official number of victims of the October 7 massacre," spokesperson Lior Haiat said in a written statement.

Haiat said the figure had been updated on Thursday. He did not provide a reason for the revision.

The death count, which includes foreigners, "is not a final number. It (is) an updated estimate. It might change when (they) identify all the bodies," Haiat said.

(Reporting by Henriette Chacar; Editing by Crispian Balmer and Diane Craft)