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15 drowned during summer camp trip to Russian lake

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MOSCOW — At least 15 children on a summer camp in north-east Russia drowned when their boats capsized in a storm on a lake, investigators and Russian media reports say.

The accident happened overnight on Lake Syamozero, close to the border with Finland, according to Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for Russia’s investigative committee.

The TASS news agency said 15 children died.

“There are no adults among the victims,” Mr Markin said in a statement.

Four members of the camp staff had been detained for questioning following the tragedy, he added.

The children, who were aged between 12 and 15, were “apparently not wearing life jackets”, Russia’s children’s rights watchdog, Pavel Astakhov, told the RIA Novosti agency.

The group was taking part in a summer camp close to the lake.

The Emergencies Ministry said the children were sailing on two boats and a raft when they got caught in a storm after nightfall.

Rescuers saved more than 30 people, the Ministry told RIA Novosti.

Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote on Twitter on Sunday that 10 of the dead children were from Moscow.

Investigators have opened a criminal probe into the incident to determine whether water safety rules were followed.

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Israeli fighter jets strike Gaza after blast wounds four soldiers

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GAZA CITY — Israeli fighter jets struck the Gaza Strip on Saturday after four soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device blew up along the border with the Palestinian enclave.

The explosion earlier Saturday, which left two of the Israeli soldiers severely injured, was one of the most serious incidents on the border of the Hamas-ruled enclave since the Islamist movement and Israel fought a war in 2014.

In response Israel’s army said “fighter jets targeted six military targets in Gaza belonging to Hamas, including: a terror tunnel in the Zaytun area and military compounds near Deir el-Balah and Khan Yunis”.

The army then reported a “launch was identified from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory”.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a security conference in Munich called the Gaza border incident “very serious” and pledged to ‘respond appropriately’.

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A Palestinian security source said the Israeli air strikes hit three bases belonging to Hamas in the east of the blockaded Gaza enclave.

Two Palestinians were injured in the raids, Palestinian medical sources said.

Earlier in the day the army said “two soldiers were severely wounded, one moderately and one slightly” when an improvised explosive device blew up along the border fence with Gaza.

None of the soldiers’ lives were in danger, a spokesman clarified.

In response Israeli forces said a tank quickly opened fire at an “observation post” in southern Gaza, causing no injuries on the Palestinian side.

Palestinian security sources said the explosion took place east of the city of Khan Yunis.

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