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Plastic guns blamed for dozens of seriously injured children in Gaza

Oct. 2, 2008 3:21 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 2, 2008 3:21 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - De facto police in Gaza are asking parents not to give plastic guns to their children after dozens were taken to hospitals for injuries sustained during Eid Al-Fitr, health officials said.

Hospitals say that over 150 kids were treated after being shot by the plastic bullets fired from the toy guns.

"These kids are getting seriously injured by these plastic pallets," a Hamas police statement read on Thursday. It also noted that many of the reported injuries are to the eyes.

The police called for residents to take responsibility for the gifts in order to prevent more kids from getting hurt.

Police also said that the guns "enflame quarrels," and are causing arguments between families and neighbors. Hamas also called on shop owners to stop selling the toy guns.

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