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Gaza medics: Israeli air strike kills three boys aged 12-14

  • Israeli army says an aircraft hit three Palestinians who approached the security fence on Sunday
  • The group was ‘apparently involved in placing’ an explosive
PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 October, 2018, 5:20am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 October, 2018, 5:20am

Palestinian medics say three boys aged 12 to 14 have been killed in an Israeli air strike in the southeastern Gaza Strip.

Ashraf al-Kidra of the Health Ministry says ambulance crews are bringing the bodies to a hospital from the perimeter fence dividing Gaza and Israel.

The Israeli army said an aircraft hit three Palestinians who approached the security fence on Sunday “and were apparently involved in placing” an explosive device to it.

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