Funeral cortège for Palestinian boys heads for burial

The funeral procession for four children killed by an Israeli shell that struck a beach in Gaza has left the mosque and is now heading for the burial grounds, Channel Four News Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Miller has tweeted.

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Funeral cortège for 4 children killed by Israeli shell leaves mosque for burial just 2hrs after their deaths #c4news http://t.co/B5CdN7SqKI

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