10-year-old Girl Wounded by Stray Bullet in Playground in Central Israel

'There's shooting in Qalansawe, unfortunately, almost on a daily basis, but we thought the park was safe,' resident says

File photo: Magen David Adom ambulance is seen near Jerusalem, September 25, 2015.
Olivier Fitoussi

A 10-year-old girl was moderately wounded Monday when she was hit by a stray bullet at a playground in the Arab city of Qalansawe, in central Israel. Emergency responders rushed to the scene and evacuated her to Meir Hospital in nearby Kfar Sava with a wound in her chest.

No suspects have been detained in the shooting, and police investigators began collecting security cameras in the area in order to determine who was responsible for it. The bullets were aimed at a car that was driving through a traffic circle next to the playground, the police's initial investigation found.

Police said that no related incidents were reported and no one else has been hurt.

Qalansawe resident Thabet Abu Rass, who lives not far from the scene, said the playground was only recently opened and has become quite popular. "There's shooting in Qalansawe, unfortunately, almost on a daily basis, but we thought the park was safe," he said, adding he believed "no one would dare shooting" near such a place intended for children.

"But it seems those criminals stop at nothing, and even a park with children becomes a target for them," Abu Rass said.