The Israeli military said Sunday that it struck three Palestinians who were attempting to place an explosive device near the border fence in the southern Gaza Strip. Three Palestinians boys between the ages of 12 and 14 were killed in the strike, Gaza’s Health Ministry said.
Earlier, the Palestinian Red Crescent reported that three bodies were found east of Khan Younis. Israel had denied the bodies were located on its side of the border.
In response, the Palestine Liberation Organization described the killing as "a clear war crime in violation of international law" and called on the ICC to move forward with an investigation.
The PLO identified the three as Khaled Bassam Mahmoud Abu Saeed, Abdul Hameed Mohammed Abdul Aziz Abu Zaher and Mohammed Ibrahim Abdullah al-Sutari, all aged 13.
On Friday and Saturday, Israel struck close to 100 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza as 39 rockets from Gaza were launched at Israel. The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted 15. No casualties were reported.
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Around 200 Israeli residents of communities bordering Gaza protested in Tel Aviv Sunday against the government’s policy vis-a-vis Hamas. Protesters demanded a strong government response in Gaza.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday evening that, "There will be no [independent] state in the Gaza Strip and no state without the Gaza Strip."
Six Palestinians were killed Friday by Israeli military fire during protests at the Gaza-Israel border, as was another in clashes in the West Bank, Palestinian authorities said.
On Friday, Palestinians said 180 were wounded in Gaza protests from IDF fire, while nine were wounded by IDF live fire in the West Bank, including two severely hurt.
Organizers of the weekly protests at the Gaza-Israel border had called on Gaza residents to demonstrate en masse on Friday under the slogan "Gaza will not surrender."