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Israeli Forces Kill Gaza Teen: Palestinians

First Posted: 08/02/09 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:35 PM ET

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A 17- year-old girl was killed in a blast in central Gaza near the Israeli border Thursday, Hamas security officials said, charging that an Israeli tank shell was to blame.

The Israel Defense Forces said soldiers came under Palestinian fire across the border in central Gaza and returned fire, but they did not use tank shells.

Palestinian Health Ministry official Dr. Moaiya Hassanain said the fatality was a 17-year-old girl, and one of the wounded was a 3-year-old girl.

Earlier, Hassanain said the little girl had been killed.

The Hamas officials spoke under customary condition of anonymity.

Other Palestinians raised doubts about the report that an Israel tank shell was responsible for the blast, noting that reporters were uncharacteristically banned from the area and the family refused to talk to them.

There have been sporadic border clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants since Israel ended a devastating three-week offensive in Gaza in January, aimed at stopping Palestinian rocket attacks on southern Israel.

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Filed by Stuart Whatley  |