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Gaza Militant Group Says 17-12 months-Previous Killed by Airstrike Was a Member

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JERUSALEM — After a 17-year-old was killed within the Gaza battle this month — considered one of 69 kids killed in preventing between Israel and militants — a militant group claimed him as a member, although wouldn’t say whether or not he was killed whereas preventing.

{The teenager}, Khaled al-Qanou, was killed by an Israeli airstrike within the northern a part of the Gaza Strip on Might 13, in keeping with a press release from the militant group, the Mujahideen Brigades. It’s in opposition to worldwide regulation to make use of minors in armed conflicts.

Mr. al-Qanou was amongst these pictured in a New York Occasions function on all the kids killed within the latest battle, however particulars about his demise had not been confirmed then.

Whereas the Mujahideen Brigades stated in a press release that Mr. al-Qanou was killed “inside the Sword of Jerusalem Battle,” the identify that militants in Gaza gave to the most recent battle, it didn’t explicitly state whether or not he was collaborating within the preventing when he died. In 2018, the Mujahideen Brigades have been positioned on a United States blacklist that punishes financing of terrorist teams.

Momen Aziz, an official within the political wing of the Mujahideen Motion, an umbrella group together with the Brigades, declined to touch upon whether or not Mr. al-Qanou was killed whereas preventing.

The Mujahideen Brigades stated Mr. al-Qanou was 20, however official well being data and his relations say that he was 17, born on Jan. 10, 2004.

The Israeli Military didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark about whether or not it purposely focused Mr. al-Qanou.

Mr. al-Qanou’s older brother, Osama, stated his sibling joined the Mujahideen Brigades earlier this 12 months after members of the group pressured him for months to hitch their ranks, providing cash and entry to weapons.

“They exploited him,” stated Osama al-Qanou, who added that his household was not supportive of his changing into a member of the group.

Human rights specialists condemn the usage of kids in armed battle, declaring that recruiting them to battle is a violation of worldwide regulation.

“Regardless of the scenario, it’s flat-out unlawful for armed teams to recruit and deploy any little one underneath 18, even when they quote unquote volunteer,” stated Eric Goldstein, appearing government director of the Center East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch. “They need to be with their households, not on the market as combatants.”

Mr. al-Qanou added that his household was so deeply against his brother’s becoming a member of the Mujahideen Brigades that they refused to permit members of the group to pay their respects within the mourners’ tent they erected following his demise.

“We kicked them out in entrance of everybody,” he stated.

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