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June 20, 2012 11:16 am

BBC: Hamas Admits Gaza Child’s Death Was Caused by Palestinian Rocket

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Gazan terrorists prepare to launch rockets toward Israel. Photo: IDF.

A Hamas official admitted to BBC Gaza and West Bank Correspondent Jon Donnison that a Gaza child killed on Tuesday died as a result of Palestinian rocket fire, and not from an Israeli strike.

Emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya told the Palestinian Maan news agency in a statement that Hadil al-Haddad, 2, was killed and her brother injured on Tuesday in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City.

But despite the Hamas official’s admission to the BBC, another Hamas medical official told Reuters on Tuesday that the cause of the child’s death was not clear. Witnesses told Maan that al-Haddad was killed when terrorists launched a rocket close by.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said on Tuesday that the Israeli army was not responsible for the toddler’s death, but rather, that she was killed by a Palestinian rocket which was fired at Israel and that veered off course and exploded.

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