Palestinian girl said killed by IDF fire in Rafah; IDF probes report (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Arnon Regular, Haaretz Correspondent, Haaretz Service and Agencies 01/31/05 14:30 (GMT+2)
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A 10-year-old Palestinian girl was killed Monday by Israel Defense
Forces gunfire as she was walking into a United Nations school in the
southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian and UN officials said.
The IDF is investigating the report, Army Radio reported. An IDF
spokeswoman had no immediate information on the incident, which took
place in the Rafah refugee camp.
Doctors at Rafah hospital, where Noran Deed was pronounced dead, said
she was shot in the head.
The Palestinians also said a 7-year-old Palestinian girl was wounded
in the hand, Israel Radio reported.
Palestinian sources said Deed was lining up with classmates to enter
their school in the morning when she was shot by gunfire from the
army´s Termit post, some 900 meters away.
"She suddenly screamed and fell to the ground, bleeding. The girls
started to run everywhere," one witness said.
Paul McCann, a spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency, which
administers the school, confirmed Monday´s shooting.
"This is the fifth occasion in which children in our schools have
been hurt," he said. Two girls were killed in separate shootings last
fall as they sat inside their classrooms. McCann also said a student
has been blinded and another wounded in the throat in recent
The incident was the second shooting in the area in two days, testing
an informal cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants. On
Sunday, IDF troops killed a 65-year-old man who entered an
unauthorized area near an army post.
Meanwhile, IDF troops discovered and safely defused a 50-kilogram
explosive device south of Kissufim in the Gaza Strip on Monday, Army
Radio reported. There were no injuries.
Monday´s shooting also comes a few days after Chief of Staff Moshe
Ya´alon issued new directives to the IDF suspending offensive
activity in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, to enable the Palestinian
Authority´s security forces to deploy to combat terrorism.
On Friday, Ya´alon imposed a freeze on all offensive operations in
Gaza, where Palestinians have resumed responsibility for security in
areas under their control. In the West Bank, arrest operations
against active terror cells will require Ya´alon´s personal approval.
The Palestinians deployed thousands of police in Gaza last week in an
effort to maintain calm throughout the volatile coastal area. As part
of that effort, hundreds of officers took up positions in Rafah, a
frequent flashpoint of fighting located along the border with Egypt,
last weekend. (© Copyright 2005 Haaretz. 01/31/05)
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