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15-Year-Old Arrested in Gaza Rape

February 21, 1998

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) _ A 15-year-old has been arrested in the rape and killing of a 9-year-old boy in a crime that has shocked Gaza, where assaults of this nature are extremely rare.

Palestinian police said the 9-year-old boy’s body was found Friday in an abandoned house. He had been sexually assaulted and his head crushed by a rock, they said.

Later Friday, Palestinian authorities arrested the 15-year-old suspect, who had been seen earlier in the victim’s company. He confessed under interrogation, officials said.

The 15-year-old, whose name was not released because of his age, was being held pending trial in a civilian court. If convicted, he would likely be sent to a special juvenile jail for a lengthy term, officials said.

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