25 November 2001

Death of Palestinian children in explosion in Khan Yunis on Thursday
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

The IDF expresses its condolences for the death of the five Palestinian children who were killed on Thursday, November 22, 2001, in an explosion at the entrance of Khan Yunis.

The place where the children were killed is at a Palestinian sandbag post located in open terrain, outside of the residential area, near an IDF post. From this position, terrorists daily fired mortar bombs against civilians and IDF forces in Gush Katif in general, and specifically at the forces near the IDF post.

From the moment of the explosion, an operational investigation began to examine the circumstances of the incident.

From an initial examination carried out by the Commander of the IDF Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Doron Almog, the possibility arises that the children were killed as a result of tampering with an explosive charge that an IDF force placed at the sandbag post that was used for terrorist activity against Israeli forces.

The investigation is continuing, and upon its completion the relevant operational conclusions will be concluded.

The IDF spokesperson emphasizes that the activity in open terrain was aimed against terrorists, and again expresses his condolences for the death of the children.