Israel blames Hamas for Palestinian kids' deaths

Thursday, August 30, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Israel on Thursday laid the blame for the reported deaths of three Palestinian children in an Israeli military strike in Gaza squarely on the shoulders of the Hamas terrorist organization that controls the area.

Israeli forces on Thursday morning identified a number of individuals adjusting rocket launchers in a populated area of northern Gaza in apparent preparation for a rocket attack on nearby towns in southern Israel. The army immediately shelled the site and destroyed the launchers. Palestinian sources said three children were also killed.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) immediately released a statement expressing “sorrow for the cynical use the terror organizations make of the active participation of teenagers in terror attacks.”

“This phenomenon of Hamas paying ten shekels to children in order to retrieve the launchers has become the norm,” reported Army Radio military correspondent Avi Yissacharov. “The terrorists launch the rockets from afar via remote control and know that if they approach the launchers they will be hit, so they send young children.”

Overnight, Israeli forces operating in northern Gaza intercepted a 15-year-old Palestinian boy who had been sent on a suicide bomb mission against Israelis. The boy was carrying two explosive devices.

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