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Gaza lays to rest 3-year-old Palestinian girl killed by Israeli strike

Dec. 25, 2013 3:35 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 27, 2013 10:59 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of mourners in Gaza Wednesday attended the funeral of a 3-year-old girl who was killed by Israeli forces the day before.

Hala Abu Sbeikha, who was killed by an Israeli airstrike Tuesday, was buried in al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

Hala's father carried her body to his house, where family members bid her a final farewell, then brought her to the refugee camp's cemetery amid hundreds of mourners.

Her mother told Ma'an: "I was busy teaching my children while Hala was playing in the courtyard, and suddenly a missile came and I couldn't rescue her."

"The area was quiet before the missile landed," she said.

Israel launched airstrikes across the Gaza Strip Tuesday, killing Hala and injuring her mother and brother, after an Israeli Civil Defense worker was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper at the border in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday afternoon.

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