이스라엘 군은 이번 주 초 가자지구의 로켓 발사대 인근에서 놀던 팔레스타인 어린이 3명이 사망한 사실을 확인하고, 이는 팔레스타인 무장단체와는 상관이 없는 일이라고 31일 밝혔습니다.

이스라엘 군은 31일 발표한 성명에서 사고에 대한 내부 조사 결과, 사망한 어린이들은 적군의 활동에 개입되지 않았다는 것으로 나타났다고 밝혔습니다.

10살과 12살, 사촌 지간인 어린이 2명은 29일 이스라엘 병사들이 가자지구 북쪽에서  대포를 발사했을 때 사망했으며, 중상을 입었던 이들의 사촌 여동생은 이후 사망했습니다

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The Israeli army has admitted that three Palestinian children killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip earlier this week were simply playing near rocket launchers and had nothing to do with Palestinian militants.

The army said today (Friday) an internal investigation into the incident has revealed that the children were not involved in hostile activity.

Two children, who were cousins aged 10- and 12, died Wednesday when Israeli soldiers opened artillery fire on a field in northern Gaza. A third child, a young female cousin of the victims, was critically wounded and later died.

After the incident, the Israeli army said soldiers opened fire after spotting several people handling rocket launchers in the area.

The army expressed sorrow for the deaths of the children but held Palestinian militants responsible for using civilian cover for firing rockets.