A 5-year-old child was killed Saturday when Israeli jets fired a missile at a playground near Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, according to initial reports.There was a huge funeral for the boy, complete with articles about how his little brother won't have anyone to play with anymore and how journalists cried.
The only problem is that this story, like the one of the toddler supposedly killed early last week, is a lie.
As Arutz-7 reports:
IDF officials later revealed the story as a lie. There was no Israeli airstrike in the region in which the child was killed, they asserted.The IDF spokesperson tweeted:
My info is that the explosion caused the death of the pales child today was because of an ordnance belonging to one of the terror groupsAs with last time, Ma'an reported Israel's denial in English but not in Arabic. I could not find any reports in Arabic quoting Israeli officials, even for major wire services in Arabic.
Meanwhile, GANSO seems to report of one Gazan being killed by a misfired rocket. In its SMS roundup of Saturday night and Sunday morning attacks, it says:
MU, 24 JUN: since 1800hrs yesterday, Pal. ops. fired 19 HMRs, 2 Grads and 6 Mortars toward the Green Line. 1 Pal. fatality and 2 injuries reported. IF fired 2 tank shells; neither explode. IF conducted 4 airstrikes. 2 fatalities and 10 injuries reported. Updates to follow as received.The message is that 1 Palestinian Arab was killed because of a misfired rocket. (HMR is "home made rocket.")