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Child killed, family wounded in Gaza fighting

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  • Israeli spokeswoman says forces came under fire near refugee camp
  • It's unclear if the child's wounded family members were Palestinian militants
  • Public security minister's chief of staff shot Friday; Hamas blamed for that attack
  • Israeli PM: "Hamas alone is responsible for what happens in" Gaza
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GAZA CITY, Gaza (CNN) -- Israeli forces in central Gaza exchanged fire with Palestinian militants Sunday, killing a child and wounding four of the child's family members, according to Palestinian security sources.

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Palestinian children touch the face of a boy during his funeral in the al-Bureij refugee camp Sunday.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed Israeli forces were operating near al-Bureij refugee camp and that they came under fire from armed militants inside a home.

The spokeswoman said she had no details on casualties.

Forces were in the area to keep militants away from Gaza's border with Israel, she said.

It was unclear from the Palestinian security sources if the child's family members were Palestinian militants.

The operation comes after Israeli Public Security Minister Avi Dichter's chief of staff was shot and wounded Friday in the border region.

The Israeli military said the shot was fired by Palestinians in Gaza.

A couple of weeks ago, a security guard who was traveling with Dichter suffered minor injuries when he was hit by Palestinian rocket fire.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert blamed Hamas for Friday's shooting, saying it was "an example and expression of the continuing Hamas terrorism."

"One must understand that Hamas controls Gaza and from our point of view, it is also responsible for all acts of terrorism, all aggressive activity and all shooting that originates there," Olmert said Sunday at the start of his weekly Cabinet meeting.

"It is altogether unimportant who claimed responsibility for this or that incident. Hamas, and Hamas alone, is responsible for what happens in" Gaza, he said.

"It bears the responsibility and it will answer for the results of these terrorist acts, which are designed to hurt Israelis, whether they intended to hit a specific target or are merely claiming this after the fact in order to pat themselves on the back." E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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