Palestine Condemns Israel's Murder of Gaza Children

Palestine Condemns Israel's Murder of Gaza Children

Palestinians on Monday accused Israel of excessive force after an airstrike on the Gaza border killed three teenagers accused of trying to damage the fence and of possibly placing a bomb there.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights said its investigations concluded the three approached the area Sunday evening "in an attempt to sneak through the border fence".

"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.

Aisha Abu Daher said her 14-year-old son Abdel-Hamid had "nothing to do with resistance", referring to the militant factions.

The incident occurred with tensions high along the border after months of protests and clashes.

An Israeli army spokesman said Monday he had nothing further to add to the previous statement. "The small blaze that was under the auto sparked a fire in a pipe in the fuel system, which caused the fire to spread to the front part of the auto and caused significant damage to the vehicle", he said.

Ashrawi said that since March 30 more than 205 Palestinians, including at least 37 children, have died in the Gaza Strip, and thousands have been injured by Israeli forces.

A preliminary probe by the Israeli army concluded that Israeli soldiers did not fire directly at the Palestinian medic. Islamic Jihad, which sometimes acts independently from Hamas, was behind the latest rocket fire into Israel, which it said was in retaliation for the killing of four Palestinians during a Friday protest along the boundary fence.

Palestinians and rights groups say protesters have been shot while posing little or no threat.

The report said Hamas will stop releasing arson balloons into Israel and stop destroying the barbed wire of the border fence between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel.

Israel's motivation for allowing the Qatari funding is the fear that Gaza is poised to explode under the stress of the growing humanitarian crisis that is being fanned by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip came shortly after barrages of rockets were fired from the coastal enclave into southern Israel.

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