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A five-year-old girl among a dozen people killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza has died along with her cousin.
Alaa Abdullah Riyad Qaddoum died around 4:30 p.m. Friday after the Shuja’iyya neighborhood was hit, according to the NGO Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP).
The DCIP said a group of people standing outside the Abu Samra mosque in Wadi Al-Arayes was hit by the airstrike, which also injured Alaa’s brother Riyadh, six, and father Abdullah.
Her 24-year-old cousin Yousef Salman Mohammad Qaddoum and at least two other people were also killed in the attack, it claims.
“Israeli armed forces routinely use explosive weapons in densely populated civilian areas with complete disregard for the random effects,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, program director for accountability at DCIP.
“There is no safe place in the Gaza Strip for Palestinian children and their families and they increasingly bear the brunt of Israel’s repeated military offensive,” he added.
A doctor at Al-Shifa Hospital said Alaa died instantly and suffered injuries to her forehead, chest and right leg from shrapnel.
The DCIP has since named Alaa as the 19th Palestinian child killed by Israeli forces in 2022.
Tensions between Israel and Palestine were feared escalating after a wave of Israeli airstrikes on the coastal enclave, which along with Alaa claimed a high-ranking militant and a 23-year-old woman among the victims.
The fighting began on Friday with Israel’s dramatic targeted assassination of a senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group and continued through the night.
The latest round of violence was sparked by the arrest this week of a senior Islamic Jihad leader in the West Bank, part of a month-long Israeli military operation in the area.
Citing a security threat, Israel then closed roads around the Gaza Strip and killed the militant leader in a targeted attack on Friday.
An explosion was heard in Gaza City, where smoke poured from the seventh floor of a high-rise building.
And a video released by the Israeli military showed the strikes blowing up three watchtowers with suspected militants inside.
The Palestinian health ministry said more than 80 were injured in the attacks, but made no distinction between civilians and militants.
The Israeli military said early estimates say about 15 fighters were killed and dozens injured.
Girl, 5, killed in Israeli missile strikes, died along with cousin as brother, 6, wounded – Canada Express News
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