Israel army says did not know fatal Gaza strike targets were children

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Three teenage boys, aged between 12 and 14, have been killed in an Israeli airstrike in the southeastern Gaza Strip.

"The three were acting the same way as during previous incidents in which the terrorists had placed explosives in the same place", said the israeli army.

They came from the village of Wadi al-Salqa around a kilometer from the border fence. His friend, 15-year-old Mohammed al-Satari, fixed bikes for neighborhood children to earn money to feed pigeons he raised on the roof of his family's home.

The launching of such devices, often kites and balloons affixed with flammable liquids or explosives, has become a ubiquitous tactic used by Gaza protesters to inflict costly damage on the State of Israel without putting themselves in danger.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres "deplores" the deaths of the three Palestinian children, a spokesman said.

Israel's army said Tuesday it has opened a military police investigation into the killing of a Palestinian medical volunteer along the Gaza border in June.

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"The commission's members will reiterate to the Egyptian delegation that the marches will go on because they are the right of our people to end the unfair siege imposed on the Gaza Strip", said Mezher.

"The targeting of children or exposing them to risk leading to violence is utterly unacceptable", Stephane Dujarric said.

More specifically, regarding the weekly Hamas-led border protests, just 36 percent of Gazans support this tactic, while 62 percent say they oppose it.

In the latest on Friday and into Saturday, Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel, which responded with extensive air strikes.

Palestinian resistance factions Hamas and Islamic Jihad have both vowed to continue organizing daily demonstrations along the Gaza-Israel buffer zone until the rallies "achieve their objectives".

Israel says its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop infiltrations and attacks, which it accuses Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, of seeking to orchestrate.