Israeli soldiers killed, Monday, one Palestinian and injured at least eighty others, including 15 who were shot with live fire, during a the 14 Naval Procession in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
The children were killed for allegedly attempting to sabotage the border fence and being involved in placing a home-made explosive device next to the fence.
Gaza Health Ministry Spokesman, Ashraf al-Qedra, told reporters that Mujahed Aqqel, 23 years old from al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip, died of his chest wounds in a Gaza hospital on Saturday morning. The Israeli army struck 80 targets in Gaza in response to the heaviest rocket salvos from the Hamas-ruled territory in months. I told them to be careful.
Ibrahim al-Satari, the father of 13-year-old Mohammed, said he couldn't understand it. Later, he said, "I heard the explosion and I knew they were dead". "These are small children", he said.
"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 Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) yesterday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to launch an investigation into an Israeli airstrike that killed three children in the Gaza Strip.
Israel has been criticized by a United Nations human rights body for its killing of protesters in Gaza and treatment of the Palestinians, declaring it as a "war crime" under the Statute of Rome.