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Palestinians: Hamas leader's child killed in Gaza raid

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  • Israeli forces surrounded Gaza house of Hamas leader; girl killed in gunfire
  • Mother and two other children wounded; father turns himself in
  • Israeli spokeswoman said militants fired from inside the house at the troops
  • Israeli launched two airstrikes; warplanes targeted other militants
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GAZA CITY, Gaza (CNN) -- The daughter of a senior member of Hamas was killed and her two siblings and mother were wounded in an exchange of fire with Israel Defense Forces, who surrounded the house Saturday morning, Palestinian security forces said.

Relatives watch over the body of Maryam Marouf, 14, who died in an Israeli raid on her house to arrest her father.

At the end of the gunfight in which 14-year-old Maryam Marouf was killed, her father, Talat Marouf, was arrested, the sources said.

The house is in Beit Lahiya, in northern Gaza.

An Israel Defense Forces spokeswoman confirmed that the IDF surrounded the house of a Hamas suspect Saturday morning.

Palestinians inside the house fired at the troops while the family was still inside, she said.

Israeli forces launched two airstrikes during the raid, targeting Palestinian militants who approached the troops, she said.

The family eventually asked to be allowed to leave the house, the IDF spokeswoman said, and the forces agreed. Afterward, the Hamas operative turned himself in, she said.

She did not say whether anyone died in the airstrikes against Palestinian militants. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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