On 27 December 2008, as children were leaving school after exams, the Israeli military bombed Rafah City Hall. The building housed a police station and was located close to Bir al-Sabea Secondary School for Boys. The school is located in the middle of Rafah City near Rafah Police Station and City Hall, 500 metres east, and the Interior Ministry building, 100 metres away. Mahmoud (16) and his friend Ahmad (16) were killed while they were on their way home from school.
During Operation Cast Lead, many children were killed as a result of Israeli military attacks targeting schools or alleged military objectives located in close proximity to schools. DCI-Palestine, as of today, has documented the killing of at least 32 children and the injuring of at least six who were in/near their schools, or on their way to/from schools when they were killed.
Read the full report: Operation Cast Lead: Two boys killed in air strike near school