Air strike on play park kills nine children
A strike on a Gaza park killed 10 people yesterday, nine of them children, as Israeli and Palestinian authorities traded blame over the attack and fighting in the Gaza war raged on despite a major Muslim holiday.
A truce between the sides remained elusive as diplomats sought to end the fighting at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
In Israel, the military said Gaza militants infiltrated into the country through a tunnel under the Gaza-Israel border and opened fire on soldiers.
Israeli media reported that five of the militants were apparently killed in a firefight, but the military did not immediately elaborate.
Meanwhile, the military said a mortar attack on southern Israel caused "deaths and injuries," but did not disclose any further details.
Israeli media reported that the attack killed at least four people, which saw military helicopters rushing stretchers away to local hospitals.
The Gaza park attack happened as children played on a swing in the Shati refugee camp on the edge of Gaza City, said Ayman Sahabani, head of the emergency room at nearby Shifa Hospital.
Sahabani said nine of the 10 killed at the park were children under the age of 12 and 46 were wounded.
The strike on the park occurred a few minutes after the hospital's outpatient clinic was hit, leaving several people wounded. Camera crews were prevented from filming the area of impact at Shifa.
Gaza's police operations room, Civil Defence and Sahabani blamed the attacks on Israeli airstrikes.