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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Deaths of 4 Kids in Gaza, Witnessed by Journos, Draws Outrage

Updates #2:   Graphic video of immediate aftermath of attack....NBC  orresppondent Ayman Mohyeldin tweets:  "4 Palestinian kids killed in a single Israeli airstrike. Minutes before they were killed by our hotel, I was kicking a ball with them." Alexander Marquart of ABC News:  "Just saw badly mangled body of young boy pulled from a smouldering shipping container hit by strike in front of our hotel." Tyler Hicks, famed photo, tweets rather dryly:  "Witnessed 3 young boys killed by Israeli ordinance on an otherwise empty beach this afternoon in Gaza City."

Updates:   Image above purports--not confirmed--to show killing of the four kids or possibly the second strike that hit survivors of the first (three children and one adult). ... New report from Wash Post correspondent who witnessed, plus gripping Reuters photo.  Attack was near journo hotel.... NYT report, as usual, plays up rocket attacks on Israel--and all those fruitless "warnings" from Israel.  Also, funeral of the one Israeli who had died.  Very brief mention of the four dead kids....

Follow tweets from the scene by @PeterSBeaumont, correspondent for British papers, including: "Today was a personal low point - giving first aid with colleagues to two children wounded by shrapnel on Gaza beach on terrace of our hotel...1st shell hit the harbour wall. It's been hit before so I assume its on a prerecorded grid. Gunner appears to have adjusted to hit survivors."  Now The Guardian posts his full account....

The alleged names of the dead may live in infamy:  Ahed Bakr, 10, Zakaria Bakr, 10, Mohd Bakr, 11, and Ismail Bakr, 9....See photos of journalists treating injured kids, some of whom died....

Earlier: Just posted on NBC News site

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