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Israeli forces shoot dead two boys, aged 13 and 15, in Gaza

Oct. 10, 2015 5:32 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 11, 2015 6:03 P.M.)
A Palestinian is evacuated after being injured by a tear gas canister during clashes with Israeli forces near the Nahal Oz border crossing, east of Gaza City on October 10, 2015. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Saturday shot and killed two Palestinian boys, aged 13 and 15, at a demonstration in the southern Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that Marwan Barbakh, 13, and Khalil Othman, 15, were shot dead during the protest to the east of Khan Younis.

Medics initially reported that Barbakh was 12 years old.

At least 15 others were injured during the protest, the ministry said, although it did not provide further details.

The Palestinian Red Crescent later said that its ambulance crews had treated seven Palestinians shot with live rounds across the Gaza Strip, in addition to 21 who suffered excessive tear gas inhalation.

An Israeli army spokeswoman had no immediate comment.

Earlier Saturday, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri condemned the international community for "remain(ing) silent about Israeli war crimes."

He accused Israel of committing war crimes against the Palestinian people "through the execution of young Palestinian men and women at the scene of action," noting in particular the shooting of Palestinians following alleged stabbing attacks.

The two boys' deaths come after seven Palestinians were killed when Israeli snipers opened fire on demonstrations near Gaza's border fence on Friday, also east of Khan Younis.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Israeli forces injured 145 other Palestinians by live fire or rubber-coated steel bullets during the protests.

The two boys' deaths brings the total number of Palestinians killed by Israel's army to 20 since fierce clashes swept the occupied Palestinian territory on Oct. 1, with around 1,000 injured with live and rubber-coated steel bullets in the same period.

Four Israelis have also been killed, two of whom were settlers.

The Israeli army has come under repeated criticism over its violence toward children.

Defense for Children-Palestine said in a report last month that Israeli forces and Jewish extremists had killed at least 1,991 children since 2000.

Among those, 535 children were killed directly by Israeli attacks during the 2014 offensive on Gaza, nearly 70 percent of whom were under the age of 12.

A further 3,306 children were injured during the war, including more than 1,000 who suffered permanent disability, the report said.

Following the conflict, the UN said: "There is not a single child who has not been adversely affected by the recent conflict in Gaza, where children suffer from bed-wetting, difficulties in sleeping, nightmares, a loss of appetite, and display more aggressive behavior at school."
habib / uk
10/10/2015 17:55
Derek / UK
Occupation forces surely
10/10/2015 18:06
Dr Makram Khoury-Machool / UK

You keep writing 'rubber bullets' where in fact these are metal rubber coined bullets. It's misleading and therefore I suggest you replace the term.
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10/10/2015 23:47
@ Habib / USA
When Palestinians Stop Using Children As Human-Shields, Or Worse As Soldiers, Israel Will "Stop Killing Kids", But Until Then,
11/10/2015 02:33
Alex / US
Where the heck are the parents of these stupid kids?!
11/10/2015 04:12
Luzer / USA
Habib its the desperate actions of your people that are shameful. Israel is not killing kids they are killing themselves by attacking innocent people. Jews will defend themselves against any form of terror you come up with so deal with it. Call in Hamas if you need help and see what will happen.
11/10/2015 06:13
Legal Eagle / Australia
The protesters are in Gaza, the Israeli occupation forces are ACROSS THE BORDER. There is no possible justification for shooting people who aren't anywhere near them, and presenting no imminent or realistic threat. The international community helped created this situation - now FIX IT.
11/10/2015 08:08
Brian Davies / Austrralia
The deaths of children would seem to fit in with Israel's long-term anxieties about the size of the Palestinian population.
11/10/2015 11:16
[email protected] / Sri Lankan
Palestine Gate Way to World Peace. Zionist Israel kill children so that there will be next and the next generation of Palestinians. Kill them young, grab more land. After all US is there to give Veto air cover for all crimes.
14/10/2015 18:49
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