Israel Claims Didn't Know Fatal Gaza Strike Targets Were Children

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman

The Israeli military said they had attempted to damage the border fence and "were apparently involved in placing an improvised explosive device" near it.

The department from gaza of Health indicated that the boys killed were Khaled Abu Said, 14 year old Mohammed Abu Zaher and Mohammed al-Satari, aged 13 years, of the village of Wadi al-Salqa, one kilometer from the security fence.

The boys' bodies were wrapped in Palestinian flags and carried by mourners who shot in the air as they chanted "God is Great". It gave their ages as 14 and 15. The area where the incident occurred has never been used as a site for protests.

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However, their parents said they were having fun and laying a bird trap in the area.

Alon Schvartzer, director of Policy for Im Tirtzu, said that they arrived to show solidarity with the people of the south.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) yesterday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to launch an investigation into an Israeli airstrike that killed three children in the Gaza Strip.

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Rights groups have branded open-fire orders as unlawful, saying they effectively permit soldiers to use potentially lethal force against unarmed protesters.

According to Ashrawi, since March 30, when the March of Return started towards the occupied territory, more than 205 Palestinians, including 37 children have been killed in Gaza and thousands more have been injured.

At least 218 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the demonstrations and clashes along the border since late March.

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Several fishing boats also sailed off the northern cost of the enclave, together with the protest on the beach of Gaza close to the border with Israel, which takes place every Monday.

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