A 10-year-old Arab girl was killed Monday by celebratory gunfire as
PA Arabs departed for their pilgrimage to Mecca. Her death was
initially blamed on the IDF by PA and UN officials.
The girl was shot as she stood outside a UN-sponsored school in
Rafiah, in Gaza. Suspicion surrounded the initial claims that the IDF
was responsible for the girl´s death due to the fact that no IDF
activity had taken place anywhere near the school.
It was later revealed by the Ynet news agency that hundreds of shots
had been fired into the air by Muslims celebrating the departure of
friends and family on the Hajj, a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Islam´s
holy cities, Mecca and Medina - incumbent upon every Muslim.