Even from a distance of 200 metres, it was obvious that three of them were children. The second shell hit the beach, those firing apparently adjusting their fire to target the fleeing survivors. Journalists standing by the terrace wall shouted: “They are only children !”
Witness to a shelling: first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza port | World | The Guardian
The first projectile hit the sea wall of Gaza City’s little harbour just after four o’clock. As the smoke from the explosion thinned, four figures could be seen running, ragged silhouettes, legs pumping furiously along the wall. Even from a distance of 200 metres, it was obvious that three of them were children.
Jumping off the harbour wall, they turned on to the beach, attempting to cross the short distance to the safety of the Al-Deira hotel, base for many of the journalists covering the Gaza conflict.
Smoke billows from a beach shack following an Israeli military strike
It was there that the second shell hit the beach, those firing apparently adjusting their fire to target the fleeing survivors. As it exploded, journalists standing by the terrace wall shouted: “They are only children.
– gaza port shelling Smoke billows from a beach shack following the in Gaza City which killed four children. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images”
Et la reprise sur le site d’IMEMC :
Israeli Naval Ships Attack Children on Gaza Beach, Killing Four -
International Middle East Media Center
An Israeli naval ship fired multiple artillery shells at children on a beach in Gaza City Wednesday, killing four children between the ages of 9 and 11, and wounding a number of other children.
Child injured in Gaza beach attack (image by Ma’an)
Reporters for AFP and the Guardian witnessed the attack, which took place near a hotel where the few foreign journalists in Gaza are staying.
The children were identified as Ahed Atef Bakir, 10, Zakariya Ahed Bakir, 10, Mohammad Ramiz Bakir, 11, and Ismail Mahmoud Bakir, 9. Neighbors report that they were brothers and cousins, helping their father/uncle with a fishing boat.
Peter Beaumont of the Guardian witnessed the shelling of the children, and said that after the first shell struck, and survivors were rushing for cover, Israeli naval forces fired a second shell at the survivors.
He described the attack as follows: “The retaining wall of Gaza’s harbour sticks out into the Mediterranean about 100 metres from the terrace of al-Deira hotel, base to many of the journalists covering the conflict in Gaza. The first of the artillery shells came in a little after 4pm on Wednesday as I was writing on the hotel’s terrace.
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