Israeli military kills three Palestinian teens near Gaza border

Israeli military Tuesday evening killed three Palestinian teens near the border fence to the east of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Initial reports said that Israeli military opened fire on three Palestinians who purportedly crossed the border fence to the east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the central coastal enclave, killing them.

WAFA correspondent said that Palestinian paramedics and civilians rushed to the borderline areas located to the east of al-Bureij and al-Maghazi refugee camps in the early morning hours in search of the bodies of the slain teens.

However, there were no immediate official statement confirming or denying the killing of the three teens.

Fourteen years following the Israeli “disengagement” from Gaza, Israel has not actually disengaged from Gaza; it still maintains control of its land borders, access to the sea and airspace.

Two million Palestinians live the Gaza Strip, which has been subjected to a punishing and crippling Israeli blockade for 12 years and repeated onslaughts that have heavily damaged much of the enclave’s infrastructure.

Gaza’s 2-million population remains under “remote control” occupation and a strict siege, which has destroyed the local economy, strangled Palestinian livelihoods, plunged them into unprecedented rates of unemployment and poverty, and cut off from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories and the wider world.

Gaza remains occupied territory, having no control over its borders, territorial waters or airspace. Meanwhile, Israel upholds very few of its responsibilities as the occupying power, failing to provide for the basic needs of Palestinian civilians living in the territory.

Every two in three Palestinians in Gaza is a refugee from lands inside what is now Israel. That government forbids them from exercising their right to return as enshrined in international law because they are not Jews.


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