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4-year-old East Jerusalem girl dies after being struck in head by bullet

Police open investigation into death of Hanan Yassim Zalum, who was apparently hit by stray gunfire while she was at home

Illustrative: Border Police officers at a lookout point near the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on October 30, 2014. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Illustrative: Border Police officers at a lookout point near the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on October 30, 2014. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

A four-year-old girl from East Jerusalem was pronounced dead after she was shot in the head Thursday, apparently by errant gunfire.

The Magen David Adom ambulance service said it received reports of a girl who was brought unconscious to a clinic in East Jerusalem with a head wound. Paramedics transferred her in critical condition to the city’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center, where she was declared dead.

Police said an investigation had been opened into the incident.

The girl was named Friday as Hanan Yassim Zalum of the Silwan neighborhood.

Zalum was struck in the head by a bullet while she was at home, according to the Haaretz daily, which quoted Silwan residents saying the source of the gunfire was likely from errant shots fired during a brawl between two families.

The incident comes after a 4-year-old Palestinian girl in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya died after being struck in the head by a bullet in May while she was at home and days after doctors removed a bullet lodged in the brain of a 9-year-old boy from the Ras al-Amud neighborhood.

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