An Israeli air strike on a car in the northern Gaza Strip has killed three Palestinian children and wounded 10 other people.
An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed the strike on Tuesday, saying the car was carrying armed men from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, affiliated with the Fatah movement of Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president.
She had no immediate word on casualties, but medical sources at Shifa hospital in Gaza City said that among the 10 wounded were seven children. The sources named one of the dead children as Mohammed Jamal Roqa, a five-year-old boy. A seven-year-old girl who died was not immediately identified. Hospital officials said that a 16-year-old girl also died of her wounds, and that among the other injured children, ranging in age from three to 12, three were in a grave condition.
Israeli officials said the aircraft fired missiles at a car in the crowded Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza.
Witnesses said the people in the car jumped out before the blast. The car exploded in a narrow street in the crowded refugee camp. The front of the car was badly damaged, but the back was intact. Hundreds of Palestinians gathered around the vehicle, shouting slogans.
Israel’s Channel 2 TV said the raid was “another failed assassination attempt, and again innocent civilians were hit”. [source]