Gaza boys bombed after sneaking out to play on beach latest casualties in Israel, Hamas battle
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – The four Bakr boys were young cousins, the children of Gaza fishermen who had ordered them to stay indoors – and especially away from the beach. But cooped up for nine days during Israeli bombardments, the children defied their parents and went to the seaside Wednesday afternoon, the eldest shooing away his little brother, telling him it was too dangerous.
As they clambered over a beach jetty in the late afternoon sun, a blast hit a nearby shack. One was killed instantly. The others ran. There was a second blast, and three more bodies littered the sand. One was charred, missing a leg, and another lay motionless, his curly head intact, his legs splayed at unnatural angles.
The Israel Defense Forces acknowledged later that it was responsible for the “tragic outcome” and had intended to hit Hamas militants.
The four dead boys came quickly to…
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