Gaza medics: Israeli airstrike kills 3 boys aged 12 -14

Israeli tank takes a position at the Gaza Strip border, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. The Israeli military has struck dozens of targets across the Gaza Strip in response to heavy rocket fire and threatened to expand its air campaign to Syria after accusing Iranian forces in Damascus of orchestrating the rocket attacks. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian medics say three boys aged 12 to 14 have been killed in an Israeli airstrike in the southeastern Gaza Strip.

Ashraf al-Kidra of the Health Ministry says ambulance crews are bringing the bodies to a hospital from the perimeter fence dividing Gaza and Israel.

The Israeli army said an aircraft hit three Palestinians who approached the security fence Sunday “and were apparently involved in placing” an explosive device to it.

The Gaza-Israel border area has been volatile for months as the enclave’s Hamas rulers organize weekly protests there against a decade-long Israeli-Egyptian blockade.

Egyptian mediators relentlessly urge the two sides separately to restore calm and prevent wider conflict.

More than 160 Palestinians were killed in the protests since March. A Palestinian sniper killed an Israeli soldier in July.

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