Hamas vows revenge after Israel kills 3 children
Last Updated Fri, 09 Jun 2006 15:18:15 EDT
Hamas's armed wing vowed Friday to renew its attacks on Israel, hours after the Israeli navy killed 10 Palestinians, including a family with three children who were having a picnic on a crowded Gaza beach.
|Injured children are treated by medics at the hospital in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya on Friday. (Hatem Moussa/Associated Press)|
Medical officials said the casualties included five members of one family, including a woman and two infants six and 18 months old.
About 20 other people were injured.
Israeli forces temporarily halted their bombardment of the area after the deaths were reported. Capt. Jacob Dallal expressed regret for the harm to civilians, adding that army officials offered medical assistance on the scene.
Yoav Galant, chief of the Israeli Military Southern Command, said the army was investigating the killings on the beach, and that he also regretted the civilian deaths.
"We did not fire into a place where there were innocents," Galant told Reuters in a conference call. "We are exploring two possibilities, a wrongly aimed artillery shell or an independent incident we were not involved in."
He did not elaborate on who else may have been behind the killings.