Three Palestinian boys aged between 13 and 14 have been killed in an Israeli air strike in the southeastern Gaza Strip near the fence with Israel, according to health officials.
Ashraf al-Qidra, the spokesperson for the health ministry in the besieged enclave, identified the children as Khaled Bassam Mahmoud Abu Saeed, 14; Abdul Hameed Mohammed Abdul Aziz Abu Zaher, 13; and Mohammed Ibrahim Abdullah al-Sutari, 13.
The Palestinian children Khaled Basam Sa'id, Abdel Hamid Abu Zaher and Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Sattari (13) have been murdered by Israeli occupation on Gaza borders this evening. pic.twitter.com/OdwKtN4JSi
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) October 28, 2018
He said ambulances brought their bodies to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.
Palestinian news agency Wafa said the Israeli army “reportedly opened fire toward the ambulances and prevented their access” to the scene of the bombing, located northeast of Khan Younis.
Ministry of Health identified the three Palestinian children killed by israeli shelling this evening in Gaza as:
1. Khaled Bassam Abu Sa'id 14 years old
2. Abdul Hamid Abu Daher 13 years.
3. Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Sattari, 13 years old. pic.twitter.com/Sg7vTHcJj3
— Muhammad Smiry | Gaza (@MuhammadSmiry) October 28, 2018
The killings come a day after Palestinian group Islamic Jihad announced an Egypt-brokered ceasefire with Israel.
The declaration came hours after Israel launched air raids hitting more than 80 locations in the Gaza Strip after it said rockets were fired from there into southern Israel.
Egyptian mediators are attempting to negotiate a truce between Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and Israel, and avoid a full-scale war.
— Palest Return Centre (@prclondon) October 28, 2018
For the last seven months, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been staging regular demonstrations along the fence with Israel to demand the right to return to their homes from which they were forcibly expelled from in 1948.
They also demand an end to the years-long Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the Strip, which has devastated the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its more than two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.
Three Palestinian children were killed by an Israeli air strike near the eastern border of Gaza, according to the blockaded enclave's Health Ministry https://t.co/wvgko9IgdU
— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) October 28, 2018
Since the rallies began on March 30, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed and thousands more wounded by Israeli forces.
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