updated 9/26/2006 7:05:27 PM ET 2006-09-26T23:05:27

Israeli airstrikes on a house in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah early Wednesday killed a 14-year-old girl and wounded seven other people, hospital officials said.

The attack targeted the house of Sammy al Shaer, a weapons dealer, witnesses said. The army called al Shaer 15 minutes before the initial raid and told him to clear out of the house, which they did, witnesses said.

There were no major injuries in the initial strike, which leveled the house. However, as children gathered to look at the rubble, a second airstrike hit the house, killing a 14-year-old girl and wounded seven other children, hospital officials said.

The Israeli army said it had attacked a house used as cover to dig a weapons smuggling tunnel under the border with Egypt.

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