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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)Source: http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/534302.html HA'ARETZ} NEWS SERVICE HA'ARETZ} NEWS SERVICE Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
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 shootings.

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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