A recently released secret report from Israel reveals an Israeli drone strike in 2014 resulted in the deaths of 4 children between the ages of 9 and 11. The once confidential Israeli military report was initially obtained by The Intercept. The four children were cousins who spent their last minutes alive running for their lives while being chased by an armed drone.
The report included testimony from the drone operators, commanders and military intelligence who were involved in the attack. They claim they mistook the children for Hamas operatives. An Israeli surveillance drone had targeted a shipping container. Supposedly the shipping container had been used by Hamas naval commandos for weapon storage.
When someone was seen entering the container that had been destroyed the day prior an armed drone was sent to attack. The child who had entered the destroyed container box was killed and then the drone turned on the other three children who were playing in the area. The mission was initially reported as "a success" according to one of the naval officers who gave testimony in the investigation. Israeli Defense Forces believed they had killed four Hamas operatives. Unfortunately for the IDF, the attack was not only in broad daylight but within eyeshot of a group of journalists who viewed the children being murdered from their hotel.
The IDF Spokesperson was hard-pressed to come up with a reasonable excuse for the explosions which killed four children under the age of 12, wounding others. Reporters were at first briefed that the first explosion was most likely an attack on a "legitimate" Hamas target and the children were mistakenly targeted afterward. All involved in the attack, according to the recently released report, claimed they "could not tell they were children." After the first missile was fired killing the first boy, the drone team called back to superiors to be advised on how far onto the beach they would be permitted to fire.
Despite this, the team fired on the children as they fled the drone strike killing four and wounding another. The five boys were cousins.