The Intercept Reveals: Israeli Soldiers Killed 4 Palestinian Children With An Armed Drone

A new secret report obtained by the Intercept reveals that Shells that tragically killed four Palestinian children playing football on a Gaza beach four years ago were fired by an Israeli armed drone.

The report, which was obtained by the Intercept, shows that the children were killed while playing on a beach in Gaza on 16 July 2014. The four boys –  Ismail, Ahed, Zakaria, and Mohammed – were all cousins from the Bakr family aged ten and 11. Four other children from the same family were also playing nearby and suffered shrapnel wounds during the strike.

The report shows that the children were killed while playing on a beach in Gaza in July 2014. The children–  Ismail, Ahed, Zakaria, and Mohammed – were all related to each other and aged from 9 to 11.

The document obtained shows that the strikes were launched from an armed drone, and its operators failed to get permission from their command. The Israeli drone operators told investigators that after killing the first boy they had sought clarification from their superiors but “less than a minute later, the drone operators decided to launch a second missile, killing three more children, despite never getting an answer to their question.”

The testimonies say that the day before the deadly incident, an Israeli spy drone destroyed a small shipping container on a jetty, as the military suspected it had been used by Hamas to store weapons. However, Al Jazeera reports that “experts, journalists, and eyewitnesses have all contested the claim weapons were stored in the container, as no members of Hamas were seen in the vicinity.”

Although Israel has sought to conceal its use of drones, testimonies from the drone operators, commanders and intelligence officers who took part in the attack confirm that an armed drone was used to fire the missile that killed the four children. The Intercept adds that “the Israeli military police report offers the most direct evidence to date that Israel has used armed drones to launch attacks in Gaza.”

Although Israel has sought to conceal its use of drones, testimonies from the drone operators, commanders and intelligence officers who took part in the attack confirm that an armed drone was used to fire the missile that killed the four children. The IDF has recently used tear gas-deploying drones to suppress fierce protests along the Gaza border, which have been raging since late March.

The footage of the attack was caught on camera by several international journalists who were stationed nearby to cover ongoing Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” assault.

The pursuing international outrage forced the Israeli army to conduct a review of the mission.

Eleven months after the boys were killed, Israel’s military advocate general, Major General Danny Efroni did not release the testimonies, instead only releasing a summary of the findings to the public and closing the investigation without filing any charges.

Sending
User Review
0 (0 votes)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

52 − = 51