GAZA, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Two Palestinian children were killed on Wednesday night during an Israeli army artillery shelling on northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, paramedics and witnesses said.
The witnesses said the two children tried to pull back a rocket launcher from an open area in the outskirts of the town, adding they suddenly heard a huge explosion in the area.
Paramedics said they picked up the remains of the two children's bodies and took them to Kamal Odwan Hospital in northern Gaza.
Mo'aweya Hassanein, local chief of emergency conformed on a telephone conversation the two were killed.
Witnesses said the shelling came shortly after Islamic Jihad(Holy War) militants launched three makeshift rockets from the area at southern Israel.
The group said in a leaflet that the rockets attack "is a response to the Israeli crimes."