Five Palestinian minors who died in Israel’s recent operation in Gaza were killed in an Israeli airstrike, an IDF investigation has found.
The incident took place in the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza on August 7, the last day of a military campaign in the Palestinian enclave dubbed Operation Breaking Dawn.Haaretz daily reported Tuesday, citing an IDF investigation.
In the operation, Israeli forces attacked Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza, killing two of its senior commanders.
Citing security officials familiar with the matter, Haaretz reported that the IAF struck targets near a cemetery east of Jabaliya that day, hours before a ceasefire between Israel and the militant group took effect.
Reports suggest that the IDF initially thought the children were killed by PIJ’s failed rocket launch, as An incident a day ago.
However, investigations revealed that no PIJ rockets had been fired from the area at the time but that Israeli warplanes had attacked the area.
Five Palestinian children are reported to have died in the Israeli attack: Jamil A-Din Nizam, 3; Jamil Ehab Nizam, 13; Nazmi Karsh, 15; and Muhammad and Hamed Nizam, both 16.
The day before, on August 6, a rocket hit a Palestinian home in the Jabaliya refugee camp, killing at least seven civilians, including four children. Palestinian media initially blamed Israel for the strike, a narrative quickly adopted by many international news outlets.
The Israeli military quickly said it had video and radar evidence proving the explosion was caused by a failed launch of an Islamic Jihad rocket. He also released a video showing a barrage of rockets fired from Israel’s coastal enclave, with one falling short.
Check out this failed rocket launch that killed children in Gaza.
The Islamic Jihad terrorist group launched a rocket in Gaza last night.
A red circle rocket was mistakenly fired, killing Palestinian civilians—including children—in Jabaliya, northern Gaza. pic.twitter.com/55zSU3fsRY
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) 7 August 2022
Responding to Tuesday’s report in Haaretz, the IDF said it “struck military targets associated with Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip. As part of its activity, the IDF made all reasonable efforts to minimize damage to civilians and their property.”
“The IDF is monitoring and investigating his actions in the meantime [Operation Breaking Dawn] and its consequences. The circumstances of the incident are being investigated,” the army said.
Last week, the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said the death toll from recent fighting in Gaza had risen to 48, with a man and an 11-year-old girl injured in the violence.
Israel attacked Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets across Gaza and wounded more than 300 Palestinians in three days of fighting as the militant group fired more than a thousand rockets into Israel, the worst cross-border violence since an 11-day war with Hamas. Last year.