Hamas says such a crime had happened because of international silence at the "atrocities" committed by Israel and its army against the Palestinian people
GAZA CITY – The Gaza-based Palestinian resistance movement Hamas on Monday described the killing of ten children by shelling in a western Gaza City park earlier in the day as a "war crime".
Hamas said such a crime had happened because of international silence at the "atrocities" committed by Israel and its army against the Palestinian people.
"The massacre of children in Al-Shati refugee camp is a war crime," movement spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement.
He said the attack provokes the feelings of Muslims during the minor feast, which has started here as well as in many other Islamic countries on Monday.
At least ten Palestinian children were killed and 45 others injured on Monday by Israeli shelling of the western Gaza City Al-Shati Camp, a Palestinian Health Ministry official said.
The official, who asked not to be named, added that the bodies of at least ten children arrived at Al-Shefaa Hospital, having been killed by an Israeli strike on a camp public park.
He added that 45 injured victims had also arrived at the hospital, describing the conditions of some of the victims as "serious".
"This massacre is the result of international silence at the Zionists' crimes," Abu Zuhri said. "But the occupation will pay the price," he said.
Israel launched a series of aerial strikes on different parts of the Gaza Strip on Monday, the first day in the Islamic minor feast.
The United Nations had proposed a new 24-hour ceasefire that starts at 2:00pm on Monday, but Israel had rejected it.
Hamas had earlier said that Israel refuses to any kind of calm during the Islamic feast.
At least 1045 Palestinians have been killed and more than 6235 others injured in relentless Israeli attacks on Gaza since July 7, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
Israel's current offensive – codenamed "Protective Edge" - is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely populated Gaza Strip - home to 1.8 million Palestinians - within the last six years.
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