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Building housing AFP Gaza office hit, child killed: Medics

The building housing AFP's Gaza offices was hit in a second Israeli strike, killing a child

AFP , Wednesday 21 Nov 2012
Damage caused by Israeli Strike
A Palestinian walks through the rubble of the house of Issam Al Da'slees, top aide of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, after it was hit by an Israeli air strike in Nuseirat Refugee Camp, central Gaza Strip (Photo: AP)
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A child was killed Wednesday in a second Israeli strike on the building housing AFP's Gaza offices, Hamas health officials said. No AFP journalists were in the building at the time.

"The child Abdul Rahman Majdi Naeem was martyred and another citizen was wounded in the targeting of the Naama building," health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.

AFP correspondents who arrived at the scene shortly after the strike said there was little damage to the building, except on the seventh floor, where the missile hit.

An AFP photographer saw the boy, who appeared to be about two, being carried by relatives out of the building directly behind the Naama tower.

He was taken by ambulance to Shifa Hospital, where an AFP photographer saw a doctor pronounce the child dead.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment on the strike, which came less than 24 hours after Israeli warplanes carried out a first raid on the building.

Commenting on the strike late on Tuesday, the military confirmed its warplanes had targeted the building.

"We attacked the seventh storey of the building. From what we understand, Hamas had a military intelligence operations room there," a spokesman said.

He described the strike as "surgical" and declined to give further details.

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