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(GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) -- Four boys who were playing on a beach in Gaza were killed by an Israeli barrage Wednesday, according to witnesses -- the latest grim fatalities in the aerial battle between Israel and the militant group Hamas.
The military strike landed near a hotel where many of the foreign media are staying and the blast and its aftermath were witnessed by some of the media.
The boys were between the ages of 9 and 11 and all had the same last name and are believed to be from the same family, Palestinian authorities said.
ABC News found a concrete structure leveled at the site of the blast and witnessed the mangled body of one of the boys pulled from the wreckage.
Other people were also said to have been wounded in the strike.
Israel has sent leaflets and made robo calls telling tens of thousands of people in Gaza to evacuate their homes to avoid civilian deaths and injuries, and contends that Hamas has hidden its arsenals and rockets in civilian areas.
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