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Funeral processions of killed Palestinian minors commence in Gaza

Oct. 29, 2018 4:00 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 29, 2018 5:35 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The funeral processions of three Palestinian minors, who were killed on Sunday, took place on Monday afternoon in Deir al-Balah City in the besieged central Gaza Strip.

The three were killed on Sunday evening during an Israeli airstrike targeting northeast of Khan Younis.

The funeral march took off from the Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah towards the minors' homes for final goodbyes before prayers and burial at a local cemetery in the Wadi al-Salqa area.

The families of the killed minors said that the three friends, Khalid Abu Said, 13, Abed al-Hamid Abu Daher, 13, and Muhammad al-Satri, 13, were used to playing in an area close to the borders where they hunted birds.

Their families denied Israeli reports that the three were planting suspicious objects near the border, confirming that the 13-year-olds were attaching hooks to catch birds.

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Muhammad al-Satri was an only child to his family; al-Satri's mother told Ma'an "they killed them with cold blood… didn’t they see through their binoculars that Muhammad and his friends were children? Why didn't they detain them... the murderers should be tried."

Al-Satri's mother confirmed that the area where the minors were playing was an agricultural land owned by one of the boys' family.

Muhammad had just started learning how to be a mechanic to be able to help support his family under the bad economic conditions in the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, Khalid Abu Said’ father, Bassam, demanded an international protection for Palestinian people and that the siege on the Gaza Strip be lifted.

Abu Said added that Israel will always have excuses to kill children.

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