An investigation by the Israeli army indicates it was not responsible for last Friday’s blast on a Gaza beach which killed seven Palestinians, most of them members of the same family. Witnesses said an Israeli shell was responsible but Israeli government spokesman Ranaan Gissin says it was not so.
He said: “I would say there is really overwhelming evidence to point out that this was not an Israeli shell that hit them but rather I would say explosives that were placed there or planted there by the Palestinians for other purposes. Again, (this is) the cynical use of the death of innocent civilians caused by the action taken by (the) Hamas government.”
A spokesperson for Human Rights Watch in Gaza said that according to accounts collected the family were killed by an Israeli shell: “I believe based on everything that I saw that it is likely that it was fired by the Israelis but I have to leave the door open for them for the possibility that it was something else.”
The Gaza blast occurred on a day of heavy shelling nearby. In the wake of the killings, Hamas scrapped a 16-month truce with Israel.