An eight-year-old girl is in critical condition at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa after being hit by a stray bullet on Friday that was apparently fired by soccer fans in Nazareth celebrating after a World Cup match.
Police suspect the girl, a resident of Shfaram, was playing at her uncle's house in Nazareth when anonymous men fired bullets into the air to celebrate the Netherlands' win over Brazil.
Police said they are investigating all angles in the case, but have no leads regarding suspects.
One of the girl's uncles, Ahmed Hamdi, who is also a Shfaram city council member, told Haaretz that she was playing in her relatives' back yard in Nazareth, when the family heard gunshots. Hamdi said they went outside to find the girl collapsed and her head covered in blood.
The family brought the girl to a local hospital, and she was later transferred to Rambam in critical condition.
Officials at Rambam Medical Center said the girl is hospitalized in the pediatric intensive care unit and that she has already undergone one unsuccessful operation to try to remove the bullet from her head.
The girl is currently in an induced coma and hooked up to a respirator.
Her family, waiting at the hospital, said they hope police find those responsible and urge the public to stop firing live rounds as a means of celebration. "It has already been proven that shooting to express happiness turns into tragedy for others," said one family member.
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