Gaza, an Israeli air strike kills three Palestinian boys between the ages of 12 and 14
According to the army they were intent on "placing explosive devices" along the border with the Strip. For Israeli military it opened fire "only for personal defense" or against attempts to infiltrate the border. At least 200 Palestinians killed by the army since March protests began.
Gaza (AsiaNews / Agencies) - An Israeli air force fighter killed three Palestinian boys yesterday, intent on reaching the security fence erected by the government to defend the borders. According to army sources of the boys were "apparently" intent on "placing explosive devices" along the border between Israel and Gaza.
Palestinian medical sources state that the three were "between the ages of 12 and 14" and were originally from the town of Khan Younis. They died in the context of an "Israeli air raid in the southeastern part of the Gaza Strip".
Ashraf al-Kidra, a health ministry official, reports that ambulance personnel are carrying corpses to a hospital, having recovered them from within the perimeter fence that separates Gaza from Israel.
Since last March, Palestinians have been promoting weekly protests in the area, which in some cases lead to incidents or violence. Behind the demonstrations, promoted by Hamas leaders, support for the claims of Palestinian refugees who are asking to return to their homes, which today are in a territory annexed by Israel. Over 200 Palestinians have been killed by the army, most of them in the context of street demonstrations.
Commenting on the latest incident of violence, the Israeli army states that the three boys "were trying to place explosive devices". Hence the choice to intervene, because the military would open fire "only for personal defense" or against (alleged) assailants who try to infiltrate Israeli territory with the intention of committing crimes.
In the area last July, a Palestinian sniper hit and killed an Israeli soldier.