October 28, 2018: Abdul-Hamid Mohammad Abdul-Aziz Abu Thaher, 13, was blown apart by an Israeli tank shell near the perimeter fence area, between Khan Younis and Deir al-Balah, in the Gaza Strip, along with two other children.
The Palestinian Health Ministry has officially identified the three slain children as Khaled Bassam Mahmoud Abu Sa’id, 14, Abdul-Hamid Mohammad Abdul-Aziz Abu Thaher, 13, and Mohammad Ibrahim Abdullah Satri, 13.
The Ministry added that the three children are from Wadi al-Salqa area, in Deir al-Balah governorate, in central Gaza.
Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza said medics of the Red Crescent initiated a search campaign on foot, to locate the three slain Palestinians, and added that the medics eventually located their mutilated remains.
Dr. al-Qedra said that many ambulances, medics and medic volunteers arrived at the area to search for the remains of the slain Palestinians.
After locating them, the ambulances moved the mutilated remains to the Al-Aqsa Hospital, in Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza.
The Israeli army claimed that its soldiers “targeted Palestinians, who were attempting to place an explosive object near the border fence,” to allegedly target military vehicles driving there.
The three Palestinian children were killed in Palestinian lands near the perimeter fence, and did not cross it.
Local sources have reported that the three children may have been laying a trap for birds when they were attacked.
Abdul-Hamid was from Wadi al-Salqa area, in Deir al-Balah governorate, in central Gaza. Source: IMEMC