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Palestinian girl shot dead in her mother’s arms as she tried to return home in northern Gaza

By Mohammad Al-Sawalhi in Gaza and Abeer Salman, Kareem Khadder and Zeena Saifi of CNN in Jerusalem

As chaos ensued after thousands of Palestinians were prevented from returning to their homes in northern Gaza on Sunday, a 5-year-old girl was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers, her mother said.

The video shows a man carrying a 5-year-old girl named Sally Abu Laila, who was bleeding from the head, while panicked people crowded around her trying to cover her wound.

Her mother Sabreen told CNN that her daughter was in her arms when Israeli soldiers shot her. Sabreen, alongside her four children, was attempting to pass through the checkpoint when two young men slipped between her and other women waiting in line, prompting Israeli soldiers to shoot them.

“I tried to put my daughter on the ground to walk, but she couldn’t move. I saw my hands covered in blood. I called her, “Sally! Exit! Sally!’, but she didn’t respond,” Sabreen said.

Eventually, she said she managed to get to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, where her daughter is being treated. She told CNN she was still in intensive care. CNN contacted the Israeli military for comment on reports that its soldiers fired on civilians trying to head north, but did not receive a response.

Earlier, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said reports that people could return home to northern Gaza were false. “The northern Gaza Strip continues to be an active war zone and return to this area is currently not permitted,” the IDF said.

Learn about what happened to thousands of Palestinians as they tried to return home here.

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