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UPDATED: 15:52, September 27, 2006
Palestinian girl killed in Israeli airstrikes on Rafah
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A 14-year-old Palestinian girl was killed and at least four others were injured in an Israeli airstrike early Wednesday morning, medical sources said.

According to the sources, the girl was killed as an Israeli warplane unleashed strikes on a house in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.

Palestinian security sources and eyewitnesses confirmed that an Israeli warplane launched an air-to-ground missile on a Palestinian owned house in the town of Rafah.

Dam el-Ezz Hamdan was killed and at least four others were injured as flying rubbles hit their neighboring houses in the town, they added.

Witnesses said that they heard the sound of Israeli warplanes flying over the town closed to the borders between the southern Gaza Strip and Egypt, adding that they had immediately heard a huge explosion.

The targeted house belonged to Samir al-Sha'er who had been requested by an Israeli army officer via telephone to evacuate the house because it, used as cover to a weapons-smuggling tunnel under the border with Egypt, would be destroyed, security sources said.

Israel has been destroying Palestinian-owned houses and constructions in the Gaza Strip, claiming that Palestinian militants are using these houses to store weapons used in attacking Israel.

Israel carried out a massive offensive against the Gaza Strip in late June to retrieve one kidnapped soldier and halt rocket attacks by Palestinian militants.

Source: Xinhua

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