27 December 2008, Israel launched Operation Cast Lead with targeted air strikes followed by a ground invasion amidst continued bombardment from land and sea. On the same day, 5-year-old Tamer was walking home from kindergarten when Israeli F16s bombed the area near his house in az-Zeitoun. Tamer was critically injured in the incident and died at the hospital.
Child killed in the incident:
• Tamer Hasan Ali al-Akhras (5)
DCI-Palestine documented the deaths of 352 children as a direct result of military attacks during Operation Cast Lead. In addition, five children died as an indirect result of the offensive (one baby born prematurely during an air raid; three children killed by unexploded ordnance; one child who had undergone heart surgery a week before the offensive and inhaled white phosphorous fumes).
DCI-Palestine, 5 September 2009
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