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Gaza student killed by celebratory gunfire

July 24, 2011 2:01 P.M. (Updated: July 25, 2011 11:06 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A student was accidentally shot dead Sunday by her brother while celebrating her success in passing the Tawjihi high school exit exams, police said.

Fatima Al-Masdar was killed by a stray bullet during celebratory gunfire to mark the release of Tawjihi results in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Al-Masdar had scored 95.2 percent in the tests, which prepare students for entry into universities.

In the Middle East, it is customary for men to fire gunshots into the air to celebrate wedding parties and other significant events, but Palestinian security services have repeatedly warned the public not to use weapons or fireworks during celebrations to avoid tragedies.
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