They turned into ash in front of me: 6 boys on beach attacked with missiles


AIRSTRIKE TARGETED 6 BOYS PLAYING ON BEACH

Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra confirmed four children were killed and at least five others injured, some of whom sought refuge at a hotel used by journalists, in an Israeli strike on a beach in Gaza.

The first strike hit at around 13.00 GMT, prompting children and adults on the beach to scatter, as others rushed out to see what had happened.

A second and third missile struck as they ran, setting fire to huts on the beach as terrified children shouted that there were dead and injured.

The strikes appeared to be the result of shelling by the Israeli navy against an area with small shacks used by fishermen.

Several children ran inside the hotel where AFP journalists saw at least three with shrapnel injuries.

They were evacuated by ambulances, which also picked up more injured people from the beach, including one man who was missing part of his leg.

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