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Palestinian Schoolgirl Killed in Gaza (AP) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip 01/31/05 7:44 AM)Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50749-2005Jan31.html AP} ASSOCIATED PRESS AP} ASSOCIATED PRESS Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A 10-year-old Palestinian girl was shot and killed Monday inside a United Nations school in a southern Gaza Strip refugee camp, Palestinian and U.N. officials.

The Palestinian officials said the girl was hit in the head by Israeli tank fire as she was walking inside the school, and that a second girl was wounded in the incident. But U.N. officials said the source of the gunfire was unclear. The Israeli army was investigating the report.

The incident was the second shooting in the Rafah refugee camp in two days, testing an informal cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants. On Sunday, Israeli troops killed a 65-year-old man who entered an unauthorized area near an army post in Rafah.

The Palestinians have deployed thousands of police throughout Gaza over the past 10 days in an effort to maintain calm in 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.

Paul McCann, a spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which administers the school, confirmed Monday´s shooting, but said it was not immediately clear who fired into the building.

"This is the fifth occasion in which children in our schools have been hurt," he said. Two girls were killed by Israeli gunfire 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. (Copyright © 2005 Agence France Presse. 01/31/05)


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