IDF: Gaza girl killed by Palestinian fire
The fragile quiet that has reigned in Gaza for nearly two weeks was threatened yesterday for the first time, when a 10-year-old Palestinian girl was killed in Rafah under still undetermined circumstances, and Hamas retaliated.
The fragile quiet that has reigned in Gaza for nearly two weeks was threatened yesterday for the first time, when a 10-year-old Palestinian girl was killed in Rafah under still undetermined circumstances, and Hamas, on the assumption that the girl was killed by Israel Defense Forces gunfire, retaliated with a barrage of seven mortars into Gush Katif, causing some damage but no injuries.
The 4 P.M. Rafah shooting killed Nuran Dib, who was struck in the head by a bullet. A second child, a 7-year-old girl, was hit in the shoulder. Both girls were at the UNRWA school at the time, and since the school is directly opposite and about 500 meters from the IDF's Termit outpost on the Philadelphi corridor, the immediate assumption on the Palestinian side was that troops had fired.
But an IDF inquiry found that no Israeli troops in the area had fired their weapons and suspicions fell on Palestinians who were firing guns in celebration of their successful pilgrimage to Mecca, as stray bullets fired in the air could have landed on the Rafah schoolyard where the girls were playing. Palestinian Authority forces evaded an Israeli offer to conduct a joint inquiry, and the issue was expected to top the agenda at a meeting last night between Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and the PA's Mohammad Dahlan.
"According to our examination, the girl apparently was not shot by Israeli army gunfire," the IDF Spokesman said.
But Hamas was not interested in explanations about trajectories and soon after the girl's burial, mortars began landing in Gush Katif. One hit the roof of a house, and crashed through the kitchen ceiling. But no one was in the room at the time. There were also gunshots at the greenhouses in Morag.
In another Gaza development, IDF soldiers uncovered a 50-kilogram land mine hidden south of the Kissufim junction in southern Gaza.
Meanwhile, in the West Bank, a Popular Front activist, Hisham Ka'abi, was charged in the Samaria Military Court with orchestrating a suicide bombing that killed three and wounded more than 50 in Tel Aviv's Carmel Market last November. He is also accused of participating in a series of shooting attacks on Israeli cars on the Trans-Samaria Highway last year.
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