Israel admits killing 5 children in Gaza cemetery raid – Middle East Monitor


Israel admitted responsibility for the killing of five Palestinian children in an airstrike on the Fallujah cemetery in the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabalia on August 7, after initially claiming they had were killed as a result of a missile fired by Islamic Jihad.

“Israeli defense officials have confirmed that Israel was responsible for the deaths of five minors killed on the last day of recent hostilities with Islamic Jihad this month,” the Haaretz newspaper reported today.

“A military investigation into the incident, which took place on August 7 at Al-Faluja cemetery east of Jabalya, concluded that the miners were killed by an Israeli airstrike, multiple sources from the army confirmed. defence,” the newspaper added.

He also reported that “Immediately after their deaths, several senior officers said that the five were most likely killed by a failed Islamic Jihad rocket.”

On the other hand, the newspaper reported that an army investigation concluded that another incident, which resulted in the death of eight Palestinian civilians, including children, which occurred the previous day was the result of a “rocket failed Islamic Jihad”.

The newspaper said: “The Palestinians had claimed that the eight had been killed by Israel, but the army quickly released evidence indicating that they had in fact been killed by Islamic Jihad.”

Israeli army spokesman Ran Kochav said: “We did not carry out any strikes in this area, nor in urban areas, nor at that time.”

The five victims of the airstrike on the cemetery were identified as Jamil Al-Din Nijm, 3, Jamil Ihab Nijm, 13, Mohammad Salah Nijm, 16, Hamed Haidar Nijm, 16 and Nathmi Abu Karsh, 15 year.

For three days, from August 5 to 7, the Israeli army launched raids on the Gaza Strip which, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, left 49 people dead, including 17 children and four women, and 360 injured. .

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