A man looks at the bodies of three Palestinian boys killed in an Israeli air strike, at the morgue of Al Aqsa Hospital in Deir Al Balah in the central Gaza Strip. Image Credit: AFP

Gaza: Three Palestinian boys were killed in an Israeli regime air strike on the Gaza Strip frontier on Sunday, medical officials in the enclave said.

The Gaza Health Ministry said two of the dead were aged 13 and one aged 14. The mother of one of the boys denied that her son had any links to armed groups. Aisha Abu Daher said her 14-year-old son Abdul Hamid had “nothing to do with resistance”.

Palestinian paramedics say the three bodies were found 200 meters (yards) from the fence.

More than 216 Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation forces at the frontier during almost seven months of Palestinian protests against Israel’s blockade of the territory and in support of a right for Palestinian refugees to return to lands in Israel. One Israeli occupation soldier has been killed by a sniper.

The regime in Tel Aviv has warned of war, while Egypt and the United Nations have repeatedly mediated truces.

In Sunday’s incident, an Israeli aircraft struck “three terrorists adjacent to the fence” the Israeli regime said in a statement.

Four Palestinians were killed at the border on Friday, and a Gaza armed group responded by firing a volley of missiles into Israel, prompting scores of Israeli retaliatory air strikes on Saturday, although nobody was killed.

Two million Palestinians live in Gaza, most of them stateless descendants of people who fled or were driven from homes in Israel at its founding in 1948.

The narrow seaside territory has been ruled by Hamas since 2007, during which time Israel has launched three wars on Gaza.

Israel and Egypt have maintained a blockade for security reasons, which the World Bank says has brought the territory to a state of economic collapse, nearly entirely dependent on international aid and without adequate electricity, health care or clean water.