Israel denies attack that killed teen

2012-03-12 13:00

Gaza City - The Israeli army on Monday denied it had carried out an air strike on northern Gaza which killed a teenager, with an AFP correspondent confirming there was no sign of an air raid.

Fifteen-year-old Nayef Qarmut was killed and six other teenagers injured as they were on their way to school near the northern town of Beit Lahiya, with a spokesperson for the Palestinian medical services blaming an Israeli drone strike.

"A drone strike hit a group of students who were walking by empty land on their way to school," said spokesperson Adham Abu Selmiya, describing an incident which occurred at around 09:30 (local time).

But the Israeli military, after looking into the claim, denied it had conducted any air strikes in northern Gaza then, saying the last time it had struck the area was in the early hours of Monday.

"From an initial check, there were no air strikes in the northern Gaza Strip since the early hours of the morning," a military spokesperson said.

Lost legs

According to an AFP correspondent at the scene, there were no signs of any impact on the ground which could have been caused by a missile, with the most likely cause of his death being some kind of explosive device he was carrying.

The victim lost his legs in the blast and his body was covered with shrapnel wounds, he said.

Six other school children were injured, two of whom were in critical condition, while four sustained moderate wounds, medics said.

The boy's death came as Israel continued to pound the Gaza Strip, and as militants fired successive barrages of rockets into southern Israel in a confrontation which has so far killed 20 people since it erupted on Friday afternoon.

  • DSBennie - 2012-03-12 13:23

    Lets see how the Palestinian sympathizers explain away this one

      Fred - 2012-03-12 13:32

      Palestinian PR is to celebrate when Israeli children are killed and fire missiles that land in Israeli school courtyards, but hell when this does not get the appropriate Israeli response, then nothing like blowing up their own Palestinian kids to try blame Israel and get the Media Limelight again. Must be tough for Hamas at the moment with Assad killing non stop in Syria and talks about Iran's nuclear threats.

      cameronrh1 - 2012-03-12 16:09

      @Fred and DSBennie i agree... They are loosing their lime light, and need to "spice" terror up again to gain more "sympathisers" to their cause.

  • Fred - 2012-03-12 13:34

    The AFP correspondent could be in danger for reporting the truth. A previous reporter Joseph Martin was detained for 29 days for reporting that a Palestinian operative had refused to fire rockets at Israeli cities.

  • fishycraig - 2012-03-12 13:37

    Oh come on, he was just carrying explosives in his bag and it went off. A missile would have left precious little of him to pick up.

      Jaba - 2012-03-12 17:49

      religion of pieces

      Jaba - 2012-03-12 20:53

      so you condone firing of rockets into civilian who you consider worth of death, yet you condemn humour. Can i guess who you are?

      Jaba - 2012-03-12 21:45

      I made a joke Achmed i could not hold my giggle at the irony of a terrorist taking his own life on route to take others lives. BTW i do not see Israel as killing any Palestinians (in the last 4 days) all the deaths are blamed on Hamas for starting (as usual) the latest round of virgin-awards in paradise (I apologise - another joke). I condemn Hamas - i have never heard you condemning them for firing missiles into civilian areas which we both know results in Israeli reprisals in self defence causing more deaths on the Palestinian side. Would you at least agree that what Hamas is doing is not beneficial for the Palestinian civilians who could (if hamas chose to) live a life of peace with Israel where ones biggest problem is which BMW to buy and not which explosive belt to wear.

      Jaba - 2012-03-12 23:29

      i fought against apartheid in SA, and if there was one in Israel i would fight against it too. however, i fight against Hamas cause they are the true apartheid leaders in the Middle East, as they treat Christians like 3rd grade citizens while no Jew is allowed to live in Gaza. And thanks for confirming your pro apartheid stance in Gaza.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-03-12 14:32

    I love it, the AFP "According to an AFP correspondent at the scene, there were no signs of any impact on the ground which could have been caused by a missile, with the most likely cause of his death being some kind of explosive device he was carrying." If that isn't party line BS then what is? At best speculation, at worst, calling the child a terrorist. No surprise though.

      Dannys - 2012-03-12 14:50

      What makes it party line BS? Perhaps it is actually the truth. I thought you were objective on this topic but it certainly doesn't seem that way.

      Garth - 2012-03-12 15:20

      @pleasegoawaything - run out of plausible bs in support of palestinian terrorists?

      cameronrh1 - 2012-03-12 16:10

      @goawayyouawfulthing... You seriously need your head checked.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-12 19:18

      I see the name calling brigade is out without one stitch of proof yet again. The AFP can make up a story about the kid 'probably carrying explosives' and this is fine. You people are sick, not me.

      Danny - 2012-03-12 20:30

      @ goyougoodthing - yup, just like they can make up a story about Iraq not wanting to use nuclear weapons for offensive purposes. I see the pro-palestine / anti-west league is at their biased, unjustified, unproven PR best again...

  • Jaba - 2012-03-12 15:56

    1) Hamas launch rockets at Israel 2) Israel retaliates with very precise hits targeting terrorists 3) In order too boost the Paliwood Propaganda machine Hamas adds all different kinds of deaths to their murderous “cause”, whether is was a child caring a bomb, an old grandpa who died from old age or a youngster that died in a bad car accident. The Palestinians will never miss an opportunity to blame anything negative on Israel, even though Israel, in most cases has had nothing to do with it.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-12 19:01

      Now Now...Don't give the JEWS too much credit,

  • abdullah.sujee - 2012-03-12 16:20

    Its like a kid thats been bullied, has his lunch money taken away from him, and out of natural frustration puts up a pitful resistance (More psyhcological than anything else).The US financed and backed bully then retaliates with the full might of the israeli fighter jets and missles. The so called accurate equipment ends up klling innocent victims. Offcourse Israel is not going to accept that they killed children, Offcourse they will say 'From an initial check there isnt anything' becasue when proof does come out they have something to fall back on and say oh we took a second look and(Insert a lie here)... The alleged tens of thousands of “rockets” from Gaza killed 21 Israeli people since 2001. This is 11 years. Open your hearts and eyes, . No one is applauding the rockets being fired, but when you have people living in an open air prison, prevent them from basic needs like fuel to power hospitals, then do you not think this is a natural expression of frustration ?

      BA - 2012-03-12 16:45

      Abdullah you are factually wrong. There is no evidence that Israel committed this act. Why do you assume that Israel is lying and hamas is telling the truth? Could it be that you are a prejudiced bigot? Secondly, and more importantly, Israel supplies the palestinian territories with sufficient electricity, water, medical supplies and building supplies, and everything else necessary. At Israeli civilians' cost, it gives medical care to palestinians. What other country in the world provides its enemy with supplies while that very enemy is sworn to destroy it and is at war with it? Finally, the fact that the rocket attacks have not produced more death is only by the grace of God, and does not excuste the terrorism of the palestinians. You yourself have said it - there is only one side that INTENTIONALLY targets civilians, and that is the palestinians, NOT the Israelis.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-12 18:44

      This issue will never go away till such time that the Jewish people leave Israel. This was all the Ottoman empire till the damn Poms and Americans decided to give land to the Jews, Once again sticking their Western noses where it ain't required....Think about it if a foreign power decided to divide RSA and give it to another. We will never stand for it...Would we?

      bluzulu - 2012-03-12 18:52

      This BA character is a Fascist cos these Israeli's are actually controlling another country's free will. These Jews have a boom gate entry to the Gaza strip. Whenever they feel like it they close the gate and even if the kids needed urgent medicine this boom gate remains shut... Why don't you go and live in this environment

      Jaba - 2012-03-12 19:01

      bluzulu - Jewish people were on that specific piece of land 2000 years before the birth of Islam. it is their home, their only home. where do racists like you suggest they go? If anything, half of Jordan, Lebanon, 1/4 of Syria and a large part of the Sinai was ancient Israel too howver if the Jews were happy to compromise why not the Arabs? BTW are you aware how many times Israel or Jerusalem is mentioned in the bible? and just in case you didn't know - Jerusalem / Israel nor Palestine is not even mentioned in the Koran once. you are a hypocrite & a racist much like Pat.

      Gerhard - 2012-03-12 19:03

      Let's nuke the arabs and iranians. It worked very well in 1945. It stopped the 2nd world war.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-12 19:07

      I ain't NO racist..I am a realist..Where did they live before Israel....That's where they should go

      bluzulu - 2012-03-12 19:11

      For people who allegedly suffered a Holocaust ,they sure do know how to sustain the same Holocaust on another culture....SAD AS

      Danny - 2012-03-12 20:27

      @bluzulu - allegedly suffered a holocaust? You're a delusional fool and should be locked up. You know NOTHING about the situation in Israel (evident by how you refer to the Jews when, in fact, the issue is Israel - separate the two). I couldn't help notice that you're of Indian desent and live in New Zealand. Why don't YOU go back to where you lived before New Zealand. Racist, narrow-minded, hypocrite

      Jaba - 2012-03-12 20:41

      If Israel did the "same Holocaust" as you say there would be no Palestinians on planet earth. the fact that Jews went through the Holocaust is the only reason why Israel could never take drastic actions against the Palestinians. any other western nation facing an enemy that is constantly calling for their destruction and firing rockets would have wiped their enemy off the face of the earth - but not Israel. Lastly Jews have inhabited the land throughout the last 4000 years, Jews never left the land, however it was only after the war that many joined them and they became the majority.

      Jaba - 2012-03-12 21:52

      no pat, what i said was it was due to the Holocaust that Palestinians have not been murdered. what is so hard to understand. you can not have a Holocaust, Rwanda or the way Syria is killing its own if the Palestinians are NOT dieing in mass! ps. all blood spilt is because of Hamas rout of violence. I do not call Israeli self defence a war crime.

      Jaba - 2012-03-12 22:31

      absolutely! tell your friends to stop firing rockets and you will NEVER see the IDF over Gaza again.

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