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Palestinian Medics: Teenage Girl Killed in Israeli Attack on Gaza House


Palestinian medics say an Israeli airstrike on a house in the southern Gaza Strip has killed a teenage girl and wounded at least 10 other people.

The Israeli army says the target early Wednesday was a house used as cover for a weapons-smuggling tunnel in Rafah on the Egyptian border. Reports say the Israeli army warned the occupants of the house beforehand to leave.

Israel has been carrying out an offensive in Gaza since Palestinian militants captured an Israeli soldier in a cross-border raid in June.

In other news, a U.N. human rights envoy John Dugard said Tuesday Israel is largely responsible for the deteriorating humanitarian situation for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. Israel's ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva Itzhak Levanon rejected the allegation.

The U.N. envoy also criticized the United States, Canada and the European Union for withdrawing funding to the Palestinian Authority in protest of its ruling party, Hamas. Hamas' charter calls for Israel's destruction.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.