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3-year-old Palestinian girl killed after terrorist missile explodes in her house

By Mason White 4:13 PM June 25, 2014
Gaza rocket causes damage to house illustration 

By: Devansh Dutt
A young Palestinian girl is dead and three others were injured after a terrorist missile landed on their home, rescue workers in the Gaza Strip said.

The rocket fired by Palestinian militants into Israel, exploded in the northern Gaza Strip early on Wednesday, killing the 3-year-old.

It was unclear whether the rocket missed its target, or if the Iron Dome rocket system intercepted it, causing it to explode on Palestinian territory. The Israeli military said Gaza militants fired a total of five rockets into Israel on Tuesday night.

Two missiles were shot down by the Iron Dome, one fell in an open area and two landed inside Gaza. The Israeli army responded early on Wednesday, with a series of air strikes across Gaza, saying it struck five hidden rocket launchers and weapons manufacturing sites.

The area has seen an increase in violence in the past two weeks. There have been almost daily rocket attacks from Gaza, prompting Israeli air strikes in retaliation.