Israeli Airstrikes On The Gaza Strip Kill 3-Year-Old Palestinian Girl

The Palestinian girl was killed, and as many as six were injured, in a series of Israeli airstrikes which came after a Palestinian sniper reportedly killed an Israeli civilian. WARNING: Graphic images.

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A 3-year-old Palestinian girl was killed by shrapnel during an Israeli air strike on the Al Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza strip on Tuesday, Dec. 24, according to Gaza hospital officials. She was identified as Hala Abu Sabhika.

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A Palestinian man cradles the lifeless body of his niece, 3-year-old Hala Abu Sabhika, who medics said was killed by shrapnel during an Israeli air strike on the Al Maghazi camp in central Gaza on Tuesday, Dec. 24.

At least six others were wounded in the Israeli strikes which came hours after a Palestinian sniper reportedly killed an Israeli civilian who was repairing the border security fence which separates Gaza from Israel.

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A Palestinian boy, who medics said was wounded during an Israeli air strike on the Bureij facility, lies on a bed at a hospital in the central Gaza Strip.

The Israeli civilian was the first Israeli killed on the Gaza frontier in more than a year, Reuters reported.

Salah Shukri Abu Latyef, 22, from Rahat, was working on the #Gaza border when he was shot and struck in the chest by a #Palestinian sniper

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Salah Shukri Abu Latyef, 22, from Rahat, was working on the #Gaza border when he was shot and struck in the chest by a #Palestinian sniper

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Update: In response to fatal terror attack against Israeli civilian, IDF targets terror sites in the Gaza Strip

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The Israeli military said in a statement that the sites targeted included "a weapon manufacturing facility" and "terror infrastructure in the central Gaza strip" among others. Hamas condemned the girl's death as "a criminal and cowardly act."

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A member of Palestinian civil defense extinguishes a fire at a Hamas training camp after it was hit by an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Dec. 24.

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Hala, the 3-year-old girl, was standing with her family members outside their home near the al-Bureij training camp when it was hit by shells from the Israeli air strikes. Hala's mother and two brothers were also injured in the attack.

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The body of Hala Abu Sabhika lies in the morgue of Al-Aqsa hospital in Deir Al Balah, central Gaza Strip.

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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