On 28 December, less than twelve hours after Operation Cast Lead started, Mahmoud (37) and his sons Nabeel (16) and Khalil (17) were working in their fields 600 metres from the Israeli border near the village of Khaza'a, Khan Yunis. Despite the presence of tanks stationed on the border, Mahmoud felt the situation was safe enough to pick his crops as he did every day.
Needing to irrigate his lands at 9:00pm he went to the water pipe south of his lands leaving his sons picking zucchini. When he was 300 metres away he saw a missile flying through the sky and hit the ground by his children. The explosion threw both sons into the air killing one and injuring the other.
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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, 9 March 2010