Gaza's children pay high price for Israel-Hamas fighting: 1 in 5 of dead are minors

July 18, 2014 10:04 PM

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Gaza's children pay high price for Israel-Hamas fighting: 1 in 5 of dead are minors

BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip – Sobbing and shaking, Ismail Abu Musallam leaned against the wall of a hospital Friday, waiting for three of his children to be prepared for burial. They were killed as they slept when an Israeli tank shell hit their home, burying 11-year-old Ahmed, 14-year-old Walaa and 16-year-old Mohammed under debris in their beds.

His personal tragedy is not unique: the U.N. says minors make up one-fifth of the 299 Palestinians killed in 11 days of intense Israeli bombardment of the densely populated Gaza Strip, where half the 1.7 million people are under age 18.

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