Girl killed in Israeli raid on Gaza Israel says its raids are a response to attacks staged by Palestinian armed groups [AFP] A nine-year-old Palestinian girl has been killed by a shell fired from an Israeli tank in the south of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials have said. Hadel Alfnere was killed and two members of her family were wounded by the tank round when it hit their home east of the town of Khan Younis, a doctor said on Wednesday.
An Israeli military spokesman in Tel Aviv said the tank had opened fire on Palestinian fighters who were firing rockets into Israel near the Gaza-Israel border. “Israeli ground forces opened fire Wednesday morning on terrorists operating near Khan Younis, around the security barrier,” he said. Rocket fire
The incident occurred close to where Palestinian fighters fired 30 rockets into Israel on Tuesday, the Israeli military said.
Israeli troops killed three Palestinian Hamas fighters in Gaza City and wounded five more people in response to the rocket attacks.
Israel’s security cabinet is due to meet later on Wednesday to decide whether to launch a full-scale incursion into the Gaza Strip.
The territory is effectively controlled by Hamas since its forces routed fighters loyal to Fatah, its main rival, in June 2007.
Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005 but still maintains a harsh blockade on the territory.
It has in the past restricted fuel deliveries to Gaza, resulting in widespread and protracted power cuts.
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