On Gaza beach, a blast, then a second, and 4 children dead

Violence in Gaza

GAZA CITY (AFP) — The sound of a blast cut through the air on Gaza’s beach, drawing people out of seafront buildings to see a crowd of terrified children sprinting along the sand. They screamed as they ran, smoke rising behind them from an Israeli strike. Panicked onlookers shouted at them to run away from the scene, and towards the safety of a hotel. And then another blast hit the site, there was an orange glow and more smoke. A hut used by Palestinian fishermen was set ablaze by the strike.
The children continued to run, but some of them were left behind. Four of them were killed. Afterwards, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra gave names of the four, all cousins: Ahed Atef Bakr, aged 10, Zakaria Ahed Bakr, also 10. Mohamed Ramez Bakr, nine, and Ismail Mohamed Bakr, 11. The other children, some crying, and others bleeding, ran into a hotel, where staff and journalists scrambled to help them. Thirteen-year-old Hamed Bakr had shrapnel in his chest and was crying, “It hurts, my chest hurts.”
Those present worked to clean and dress his wounds and those of two other injured children while ambulances were called. It was unclear if Wednesday’s strikes were the result of naval shelling, which frequently hits part of the Gaza coastline, or from Israeli warplanes.

Source: Ma’an