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IDF believes 12 children killed in Gaza by Islamic Jihad’s rocket misfires – report

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The Israeli military reportedly believes most of the children killed in Gaza during this weekend’s three days of fighting died as a result of explosions caused by failed rocket launches by Palestinian terror operatives and due to Israeli strikes.

According to an unsourced Sunday report in the Haaretz daily, the military believes Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) was responsible for at least 12 of the 15 deaths of children reported by the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza in the recent round of fighting.

The IDF has presented what it says is video evidence showing that seven people killed in Jabaliya on Saturday night, including four children — in what Palestinian media claimed was an Israeli strike — were in fact killed by a failed PIJ rocket that landed inside the Strip.

The second disputed incident resulted in the deaths of five children — aged 4, 13, 14, 16, and 17 — in an explosion at the Jabaliya refugee camp on Sunday, which was said by Palestinians to be an Israeli attack, but which Israel is said to believe was also the result of a failed launch, the report said.

In another incident on Sunday, three more children were killed, along with their father Yasser Anbahin (who was claimed by the Hamas terror group as a member), when their house was damaged in an explosion. The IDF is said to believe that too was caused by a rocket misfire by Islamic Jihad.

The military did not produce any evidence for its claims related to the second two incidents.


© The Times of Israel

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