Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Three children killed playing soccer

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) killed 3 Palestinian
children and seriously injured a fourth one yesterday
evening (10 July 2006) in Beit Hanoun, when an IOF plane
fired a rocket at them. This crime comes within the
context of the open war against Palestinian civilians in
the Gaza Strip since the capture of the Israeli soldier on
25 June 2006. It is part of the chain of collective
punishment, targeting civilians, and destroying civilian
property and infrastructure. With the death of these
children, the number of Palestinian casualties in the Gaza
Strip since the start of the Israeli military operation
rises to 51 dead, including 26 civilians, and 140 injured.
There are 7 children and a woman among the dead; and the
majority of the injured are civilians.

PCHR's preliminary investigation indicates that at
approximately 19:15 on Monday, 10 July 2006, and IOF plane
fired a rocket at 4 children who were near Hayel Abdel
Hamid Secondary School in northern part of Beit Hanoun.
They were in an area previously used as soccer field near
their homes. The rocket fell amidst the children. Three
were killed instantly; and their bodies were torn by the
blast. The fourth child suffered serious injures. The dead
children are: Mahfouth Farid Nuseir (16), Ahmad Ghalib Abu
Amsha (16), and Ahmad Fathi Shabat (16). The injured child
is Raji Omar Deifallah (16).
Posted by Molly

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