Children die playing football, in taxi with grandma, as Israel bombs Gaza for tenth day


 

The body of one of four children from the Baker family who were killed by Israeli forces while playing on a Gaza City beach is carried during the children’s funeral on 16 July.

(Mohammed Asad / APA images)

Eight children and a grandmother were among 23 persons killed in a tenth day of heavy Israeli bombardment targeting civilians, civilian homes and other infrastructure across the occupied Gaza Strip.

Wednesday’s carnage brought the toll since Israel began its assault to 220 Palestinians killed and 1,570 injured, the Gaza-based newspaper Filistin reported, citing the health ministry.

The latest deaths bring the number of children killed to at least forty-six.

 

A Palestinian child wounded in an Israeli strike cries while receiving medical care at a hospital in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on 16 July.

(Ezz Al-Zanoon / APA images)

Human Rights Watch said today that Israeli air attacks it investigated “have been targeting apparent civilian structures and killing civilians in violation of the laws of war.”

The group called on Israel to “end unlawful attacks that do not target military objectives and may be intended as collective punishment or broadly to destroy civilian property.”

Almost eighty percent of those killed in the Israeli attacks are civilians, according to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Children killed on beach

On Wednesday afternoon, in an horrific attack witnessed by international journalists stationed at the Al-Deira Hotel, shelling from an Israeli gunboat killed four children from a single family as they played football on a beach near Gaza’s seaport.

The mother of one of the boys killed by Israeli forces while they were playing on a Gaza City beach reacts to news of her son’s death on 16 July.

(Ashraf Amra / APA images)

The four victims were Ahed Atef Baker and Zakaria Ahed Bakr, both ten years old, Muhammad Ramiz Bakr, eleven, and Ismail Muhammad Bakr, aged nine.

Three other children were wounded, one critically.

NBC journalist Ayman Mohyeldin witnessed the attack.

Moutaz Bakr, 1 of the boys who survived shelling, was shaking w a broken army, blood shot eyes, says he saw 3 of his friends killed

 

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