- The killing of a 10-year-old Palestinian girl, shot dead
in the playground of her school in southern Gaza yesterday, threatened
to undermine a tentative truce after Hamas blamed the Israeli army and
retaliated by firing mortars into a Jewish settlement.
- Noran Iyad Deeb was shot in the face as she lined up
for assembly at the UN-run school in Rafah refugee camp. A second girl
was hit in the hand.
- Palestinian officials blamed Israeli troops. The UN said
it could not identify the source of the gunfire for certain but that shooting
was heard from the direction of Israeli posts in the militarised border
- After investigating, an army spokesman said: "According
to our examination, the girl apparently was not shot by Israeli army gunfire."
- A few hours after Noran's death, Hamas fired several
mortar shells into the Neve Dekalim settlement in Gaza, damaging a building.
- Abu Obeida, a spokesman for Hamas's military wing, told
Reuters the mortars were fired in retaliation for the death of Noran, the
fourth child in two years to have been killed inside UN schools in Gaza
- * Israel's attorney general, Meni Mazuz, has ordered
an urgent review of a government decision, kept secret until this month,
to seize thousands of acres of Palestinian-owned land around East Jerusalem.
Mr Mazuz said he was not consulted about the decision to declare that Palestinians
separated from their property by the West Bank barrier fall under a law
stripping them of their land because they are deemed to be "absent"
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