air strikes and artillery fire killed 10 Palestinians on Friday, including
seven people on a crowded Gaza beach, the highest Palestinian death toll in
a single day since December 2004, Palestinian officials said.
Among those killed on the beach were three children, including an
infant, a 3-year-old and a 10-year-old, who were playing at the time,
About 20 people were injured by the shelling, which Palestinian sources said
came from Israeli ships. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called it "a
The Israeli army initially said its ships had fired shells at militants who
launched rockets against the Jewish state after Israel's killing of a top
militant who also served as a senior security chief appointed by the Hamas-led
But army spokesman Jacob Dallal said later that the shells were neither fired
by Israeli naval ships nor the air force. "We are checking if
it was artillery," he said.
Army chief Dan Halutz ordered an investigation into the deaths on the beach
and halted the shelling, Dallal said.
Dallal said the army does not know "for certainty" if the
shells were fired by Israel, and he said the military "deeply
regretted" any civilian deaths.
What a load of crap. How can you 'halt the shelling,' yet
not know 'for certain' if Israelis fired the shells?