Young Gazan killed during Israeli raid

Published Thursday, November 8, 2012

A young teenager was killed during an Israeli air strike in Gaza on Thursday, according to Ma'an News Agency.

Gazan medical spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said that the boy was killed by machine gun fire, either from tanks or helicopters that took part in a raid targeting houses and farms east of Khan Younis. The victim was identified as 13-year-old Hamid Younis Abu Daqqa.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli army had no immediate comment on the subject.

Israeli tanks and a bulldozer entered the Gaza Strip briefly on Thursday morning, sparking clashes with Palestinian fighters, according to popular resistance committees.

A military spokeswoman said Israeli troops came under fire during "routine activity" in the area, and returned fire in the direction of the suspects.

Israel routinely carries out deadly air strikes on the Gaza Strip, where it has maintained a crippling since 2007. Major human rights groups have decried the situation as collective punishment and a violation of international law.

(Ma'an News, Al-Akhbar)

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