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Thousands buried 11-year-olds, 2 others killed by Israeli fire



Thousands of civil servants participated in Saturday's funerals of three Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers in a border protest the day before, including an 11-year-old, 17-year-old year old and one man crutches

More than 140 Palestinians, most of them unarmed, have been killed since March by protesters of Islamic militants Hamas rulers and wounded several thousand of Israeli soldiers.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza said recent deaths have occurred until 18 the number of 18-year-old minors killed in the past four months

Human rights groups have accused Israel of using unlawful violence against the demonstrators , Israel says it defends its border and accuses Hamas, a group that has sworn to its destruction, of using the protests as cover for attempts to break the border fence and attack civilians and soldiers.

Gaza's health ministry said Saturday that Moulin al-Hams, 1

7, was shot in the chest on Friday's protest on the fence between Gaza and Israel.

Images shared by his friends and relatives on social media show him approaching the fence and setting fire to the forces.

Funerals were also held Saturday for Majdi al-Satari, 11, whose age was previously known as 14, and for Ghazi Abu Mustafa, 43.

The Ministry of Health first stated Majdi's age as 14. On Saturday, it was said his age was 12 years. A relative said the boy was born on October 3, 2006, which means he was 11 when he was killed. Al-Mezan, a legal group based in Gaza, confirmed Majdi's age as 11.

Alaa Abdel-Fattah, a witness, said Friday protesters attempted to cut barbed wire about 50 meters from the actual fence. He said that Majdi was watching from about 100 meters away. "There were two shots from a sniper, one hit one who severed the wire on his leg and the other shot hit the boy in his head," he said.

Women gathered under the corrugated iron roof of Al-Satari The family home for the funeral.

Majdi's mother, Kholoud, wore a black robe and a veil and sat on a mattress.

"I do not know what he did to them (the Israeli soldiers)," she said as she burst into tears. She added that his family tried to prevent him from going to the protests, and on one occasion tried to lock him up inside. "It's his destiny," she sighed.

"He's a kid, he did not have bullets or weapons," said the boy's grandmother, identified as Umm Ramzi. "He stood like all the children who watched, they shot him from afar, is not he a child, why are they targeting children?"

In a nearby town, Hassan Najjar, a resident, said he witnessed the shooting of 43 years. Old Abu Mustafa

He said soldiers fired at a group of Palestinians who rushed to the border, and a bullet hit the man about 250 yards away. He said the man got leg wounds in a previous protest and still uses crutches.

Hamas has led border protests, some of which aim to uncover the Israeli-Egyptian blockade that took over Hamas in 2007. [19659003] The demonstrations were fueled to a large extent by the ubiquitous despair caused by the blockade that caused widespread economic hardship.

Last week, a Palestinian sniper killed an Israeli soldier. Another soldier was injured on Wednesday by Palestinian fire.

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Associated Press writer Fares Akram reported from Amman, Jordan.


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