Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Gaza mourns three boys killed by Israel drone attack

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
| 02 November, 2018, 15:14

"Israel's continuous campaign of excessive and indiscriminate violence against the people of Gaza has persisted with impunity and has been emboldened by the USA administration's strategic alliance with Israel", she added. The Israeli military claimed that the boys were involved in planting an explosive device adjacent to the fence.

According to two recent opinion surveys conducted by respected pollsters, the people of the Gaza Strip are unhappy with Hamas's policy of confrontation with Israel and would much prefer a cease-fire.

"A military police investigation has been opened regarding the death of the volunteer medic Razan Al Najjar", the Israelis said in Tuesday's statement, noting the probe was ordered following the advocate general's review.

Recent weeks have seen efforts by the United Nations and Egypt result in Qatari-funded fuel deliveries for Gaza, easing a severe electricity shortage.

Israelis say these actions are necessary to defend the border and stop infiltrations and attacks, which it accuses Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, of seeking to orchestrate.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet of Ministers is meeting to discuss the situation in Gaza as well as Egypt's efforts for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.


Hours later, Islamic Jihad - a Hamas-allied militant group - fired dozens of rockets at Israel, which responded with extensive air strikes.

Both groups praised Egyptian and United Nations efforts to broker a deal.

Unnamed Hamas sources cited by Israel's Haaretz and Ynet news outlets saidthat while the weekly "Great March of Return" protests ongoing since March 30 would continue this weekend, an interim agreement had committed the groups to halting violent activity such as the firing of incendiary devices and the burning of tires during the demonstrations.

According to the palestinian Centre for Human rights, they were between the ages of 14 to 15 years.

One Israeli soldier has also been killed since the protests and clashes began.

PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi Monday strongly condemned Israel's shelling and murder of three Palestinian children to the east of Khan Younes in the southern besieged Gaza Strip.

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