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Four children playing football on Gaza beach killed by Israeli airstrike

Four children playing football on Gaza beach killed by Israeli airstrike
Employees and journalists carry a wounded boy into the hotel following an Israeli missile strike. Credit: Thomas Coex/AFP
Employees and journalists carry a wounded boy into the hotel following an Israeli missile strike. Credit: Thomas Coex/AFP

Four children have been killed and three were wounded on Wednesday by an Israeli airstike on a beach near Gaza’s al-Deira Hotel, an enclave for foreign and local journalists covering the conflict.

The children, aged between nine and 11, had been playing football on the beach and were killed when an Israeli boat reportedly fired a rocket.

According to eye-witnesses, the children were provided emergency treatment at the hotel by foreign journalists and local hotel employees until an ambulance arrived to take them to a hospital.

Children wounded by shrapnel treated by foreign journalists on terrace of al-Deira hotel. Credit: Jonathan Miller on Twitter
Children wounded by shrapnel treated by foreign journalists on terrace of al-Deira hotel. Credit: Jonathan Miller on Twitter

In a heartfelt testimonial in The Guardian, Peter Beaumont, a foreign journalist and an eye-witness to the deadly shelling, explains two missiles targeted the children.

“The second shell catches the survivors as they reach the brightly coloured tents. As it explodes, my colleagues, now standing by the terrace wall, shout at unseen Israeli gunners who can’t hear them: ‘They are only children,'” wrote Mr Beaumont in his account of the events.

The deaths of the children came shortly after Hamas officially sent its rejection of a ceasefire to Egyptian officials.

Since the conflict began nine days ago, more than 210 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed, including at least 44 children and 25 women. More than 1,530 Palestinians have been left injured.

 

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