‘Two teenagers wounded’ in Gaza 28Sep09 September 29, 2009

BBC  -  28 September 2009

Children killed in Gaza

Two Palestinian teenagers have been wounded by Israeli tank fire, reports from Gaza said.

The boy and girl were hit east of the Maghazi refugee camp. A Palestinian official told the AFP news agency that the incident happened early on Monday.

The Israeli military said it would not comment until after the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur because the country is on virtual shutdown.

On Friday, an Israeli air strike killed three Palestinian militants in Gaza.

Violence on Gaza’s borders has been relatively infrequent since Israel launched a large-scale offensive in December 2008.

It says the campaign was an attempt to stop rockets being fired into Israel from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

A UN report published in September 2009 accused Israel of deliberately using disproportionate force in the three-week operation saying it “committed actions amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity”.

It also condemned rocket attacks by Palestinian groups.

Palestinians and human rights groups say more than 1,400 Gazans were killed, but Israel puts the figure at 1,166.

Three Israeli civilians and 10 Israeli soldiers were also killed.

Yom Kippur is the most sacred day in the Jewish calendar and religious devotees refrain from working, using electricity and driving.

LINK:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8278808.stm

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