PLO Calls on ICC to Investigate Israeli Killing of 3 Gaza Children

Charlene Craig
November 1, 2018

The Israeli military claimed that the boys were involved in planting an explosive device adjacent to the fence.

The military probe found that Najjar was seen close to the border fence treating protesters who were wounded by Israeli military fire.

"Troops spotted a squad of three suspects approaching the border under the cover of darkness, in a crouched and suspicious manner", it said, adding that they were seen "sabotaging the fence and digging".

Residents said children often go to the border area to plant traps used to catch birds, to forage for food for livestock or tend to crops.

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Ibrahim al-Satari, the father of 13-year-old Mohammed, said he couldn't understand it.

"It's normal for them to go there, and that's why we did not expect them to be martyred", said Salwa Abu Isied, Khaled's mother.

"The targeting of children or exposing them to risk leading to violence is utterly unacceptable", Stephane Dujarric said.

United Nations envoy Nickolay Mladenov expressed sympathy for the families. Egypt and United Nations officials have been seeking a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, with Qatar providing humanitarian assistance, AFP said.

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At least 218 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the months of demonstrations and clashes. On the harder question [of whether] Hamas [should] "stop calling for Israel's destruction, and instead accept a permanent two-state solution based on the 1967 borders", one poll shows Gazans say yes by a margin of 53 to 45 percent; the other poll yields a slightly narrower margin of 48 to 44 percent.

Palestinians and rights groups say protesters have been shot while posing little threat.

In the latest on Friday and into Saturday, Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel, which responded with extensive air strikes.

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