Palestinian Schoolgirl Killed in Gaza (AP) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip 01/31/05 7:44 AM)
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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 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
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