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14-year-old girl killed by Israeli troops in northern Gaza

April 26, 2008 12:25 P.M. (Updated: April 26, 2008 12:25 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli forces killed a 14-year-old girl, Maryam Tal'at Ma'rouf, and injured her mother, Samyah Ma'rouf, along with six others during an incursion in Beit Layiha, in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday, witnesses said.

Israeli special forces, with helicopters hovering overhead, invaded Beit Layiha at dawn, surrounding the house of Hamas leader Samyah Ma'rouf. Witnesses said the Israeli troops opened fire on the house, killing the child. Israeli troops engaged in a heavy exchange of fire with Palestinian fighters in the area.

The Israeli forces withdrew at 7:30am after seizing Tal'at Ma'rouf.

Muawiyah Hassanein, the director of emergency and ambulance services in the Palestinian Health Ministry, identified some of the wounded: 40-year-old Saleh Ma'rouf, Saleh Ma'rouf, 27-year-old Zuhair Sobh, Ziad, 28-year-old Mustafa Sobh, 25-year-old Ahmad Abd al-Muttalib Al-Kahlout, 14-Year-old Al-Kahlout. All of the injured were treated at Kamal Udwan Hospital in northern Gaza.

Palestinian resistance fighters claimed to have forced the Israeli troops to retreat. The National Resistance Brigades, the armed wing of the left-wing Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), said it engaged in armed confrontations with Israeli forces near the Al-Baraka Mosque in northern Gaza, claiming that there may be casualties on the Israeli side.

The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and the Al-Aqsa Brigades, the armed wing of Fatah, claimed responsibility for attacking Israeli special forces in the Ash-Shayma' area north of Beit Lahiya at dawn.

The Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, also said they clashed with the Israeli forces that infiltrated in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The An-Nasser Salah Ad-Din Brigades also claimed to have clashed with the Israeli unit that infiltrated to the area.

For its part, the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, clashed with the Israeli forces at dawn on Saturday in Al-Da'our area.

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