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Eight Children Killed By Shelling In Gaza

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 7/30/2014

Israel and Hamas are trading blames for Monday's shelling of a refugee camp and a hospital in Gaza City. Palestinian health officials say 10 people were killed at the camp, eight of them children. They were celebrating the Eid Al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. CNN's Karl Penhaul spoke with some of the witnesses, including children whose guardians granted him permission to interview them. You'll never get to meet little Mohammed. But his friend next door wants to tell you a bit about him. Top of the class at math, Barcelona football star Lionel Messi was his hero. "He would always say Messi was an amazing player,. he loved football. He worshipped Messi," she says. Olaa is 12-years-old. ""Boof-boof... " glass sprayed on me, It was so loud, so terrifying. I can't even describe it," she says. Mohammed was just yards from his front door. Witnesses say he and the other kids were playing toy guns, they call it dum-dum. The plastic pistol now broken, the children all dead, reels off their names. "Mohammed, Khalid, Jamal, Hassan, shaboun, those are the ones I know." It's a sight he should never have seen. "I saw a boy all cut up right here. Over there a man, he looked dead and I saw a boy who was dead too," he says. Just eight-years-old, he mans up and describes the explosion. A bloody hand mark in a doorway. A lucky escape for them. But not for their grandfather, they say he died buying them holiday candy. "I saw grandpa, his head was cut. His arms and legs were cut. He was all cut up," they say. Witnesses young and old say they heard a drone and then the sound of a missile fired onto their street. While we were there we saw a militant rocket launched about a mile away. The warring factions blame each other. We've heard their excuses before. But there's no excuse for this, or this. "Just look at the hole this shrapnel has blasted in this car door, imagine the damage that would do to a child's body," says CNN's Karl Penhaul. As I sit on the pavement with Anas, the ambulance arrived with young Mohammed's body. "I want to go and see my cousin," he says. Sorry, you may have never even met Mohammed. But it's already time to say goodbye.

   
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