Child's Screams Help Prevent 'Disaster'

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- The screams of a 9-year-old girl shot by a Palestinian terrorist in her back yard Saturday evening averted a worse disaster, her father said Sunday morning.

The attack took place in the Jewish community of Psagot, near Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority government. Israeli security forces ordered residents to remain inside overnight as they searched the community and surrounding area.

"The terrorist was well prepared and planned to come into our house, but her screams surprised him," her father told Israel Radio Sunday morning.

He called the attack "the most frightening thing that can happen to a family."

Nine-year-old Noam Glick never lost consciousness and was able to describe her assailant as a masked Arab.

"It's the most frightening thing that can happen to a family -- that a terrorist enters the family home," her father said.

The Israel Defense Forces searched the nearby Arab town of al-Bireh, but have not yet found the suspect.

On Sunday morning, residents resumed their normal routines, though security forces from the Binyamin Regional Council escorted children to school.

Shaare Zedek physician Dr. Daniel Fink told the Israeli daily Ma'ariv her survival "is a miracle." From her wounds -- a deep gash at the base of her neck and upper chest, it's apparent her attacker meant to kill her.

Several Israeli Knesset members called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to end negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

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