Published: Thu, November 01, 2018

Israel strikes Palestinian launching incendiary balloons from Gaza into Israel

Israel strikes Palestinian launching incendiary balloons from Gaza into Israel

The Israeli army claimed that "the children were trying to tamper with the security fence and apparently planted an explosive device".

"The three were acting the same way as during previous incidents in which the terrorists had placed explosives in the same place", said the israeli army.

Ibrahim al-Satari, the father of 13-year-old Mohammed, said he couldn't understand it. "They said they were going to catch birds".

"It's normal for them to go there, and that's why we did not expect them to be martyred", said Salwa Abu Isied, Khaled's mother. "I do not know why they killed my only son and his friends".

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres "deplores" the deaths of the three Palestinian children, a spokesman said.

In their school classrooms on Tuesday, teachers marked the boys' seats with notes with their names. "Such tragedies must be avoided at all costs", he wrote on Twitter.


"The targeting of children or exposing them to risk leading to violence is utterly unacceptable", Stephane Dujarric said.

The situation in Gaza remains volatile, with recurrent clashes along the perimeter fence with Israel and regular exchange of rocket fire and missiles between armed groups in Gaza and the Israeli military. The latest was shot dead on Monday.

At least 217 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the months of demonstrations.

Israel justifies its blockade by the need to contain Hamas and accused the islamist movement that runs the enclave of orchestrating the protests for "terrorists".

Israel and Hamas battled three wars since 2008, and are observing a ceasefire regularly questioned since the last conflict of the 2014.

Palestinian officials and organizations of Human rights argue on their side that protesters were targeted while they accounted for only a small threat. On Friday and into Saturday, Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel, which responded with extensive airstrikes.

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