In Gaza, thousands of people attended the funerals of two Palestinian teenagers killed by Israeli airstrikes on Saturday, during Israel’s heaviest bombing assault on Gaza since the 2014 war. The two boys, 15-year-old Amir al-Nimri and 16-year-old Luay Kaheel, were killed by the Israeli airstrikes while they were playing on a roof. Thirty more Palestinians were wounded in the barrage of airstrikes, which Israel claimed was in retaliation for rockets fired from Gaza toward Israel, which wounded four Israelis. This is Maysoun al-Namara, the mother of 15-year-old Amir, who was killed by the Israeli bombing.
Maysoun al-Namara: “He went to play and eat with his friend. He didn’t have a rocket or a bomb. He told me, 'I will go out for lunch with my friend Luay.' They are close friends from school. They hang out after school. And they were killed together.”
Following Saturday’s bombing and rocket fire, Hamas and Islamic Jihad brokered a ceasefire with Israel. The Israeli bombing Saturday comes after Israeli soldiers have killed at least 136 Palestinians and wounded over 14,000 more since the Palestinians’ nonviolent Great March of Return protests began on March 30.