IDF: Gaza girl killed by Palestinian fire (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Amos Harel 02/01/05)
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The fragile quiet that has reigned in Gaza for nearly two weeks was
threatened yesterday for the first time, when a 10-year-old
Palestinian girl was killed in Rafah under still undetermined
circumstances, and Hamas, on the assumption that the girl was killed
by Israel Defense Forces gunfire, retaliated with a barrage of seven
mortars into Gush Katif, causing some damage but no injuries.
The 4 P.M. Rafah shooting killed Nuran Dib, who was struck in the
head by a bullet. A second child, a 7-year-old girl, was hit in the
shoulder. Both girls were at the UNRWA school at the time, and since
the school is directly opposite and about 500 meters from the IDF´s
Termit outpost on the Philadelphi corridor, the immediate assumption
on the Palestinian side was that troops had fired.
But an IDF inquiry found that no Israeli troops in the area had fired
their weapons and suspicions fell on Palestinians who were firing
guns in celebration of their successful pilgrimage to Mecca, as stray
bullets fired in the air could have landed on the Rafah schoolyard
where the girls were playing. Palestinian Authority forces evaded an
Israeli offer to conduct a joint inquiry, and the issue was expected
to top the agenda at a meeting last night between Defense Minister
Shaul Mofaz and the PA´s Mohammad Dahlan.
"According to our examination, the girl apparently was not shot by
Israeli army gunfire," the IDF Spokesman said.
But Hamas was not interested in explanations about trajectories and
soon after the girl´s burial, mortars began landing in Gush Katif.
One hit the roof of a house, and crashed through the kitchen ceiling.
But no one was in the room at the time. There were also gunshots at
the greenhouses in Morag.
In another Gaza development, IDF soldiers uncovered a 50-kilogram
land mine hidden south of the Kissufim junction in southern Gaza.
Meanwhile, in the West Bank, a Popular Front activist, Hisham Ka´abi,
was charged in the Samaria Military Court with orchestrating a
suicide bombing that killed three and wounded more than 50 in Tel
Aviv´s Carmel Market last November. He is also accused of
participating in a series of shooting attacks on Israeli cars on the
Trans-Samaria Highway last year. (© Copyright 2005 Haaretz. 02/01/05)
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