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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
United Nations News Service (See also > DPI)
3 March 2003

UN dismayed by indiscriminate shooting of schoolgirl by Israeli forces

3 March After a 12-year-old girl was shot in the head while sitting at her desk in a United Nations school in the Palestinian territory, a top UN relief official in the region has expressed dismay at the Israeli military's indiscriminate use of force in civilian areas.

Peter Hansen, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), visited the girl and her family yesterday at the intensive care unit of Shifa Hospital in Gaza City where she is receiving treatment.

UNRWA said the girl was attending an Agency-run school when she was wounded by retaliatory fire from Israeli forces after an Israeli tank was fired upon near the Khan Younis refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.

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