'Face of Gaza carnage': Palestinian baby mourned after deadly clashes

Lester Mason
May 16, 2018

"We were horrified at reports this morning that an eight-month old baby girl died from inhaling tear gas at the protests on Monday, with our staff on the ground telling us that the family was nearly a kilometre from the security fence when this happened", Save the Children's Occupied Palestinian Territory Country Director Jennifer Moorehead said.

At the back of the room, 11-year-old Ammar sobs uncontrollably as he looks at the corpse.

In preparation for a further wave of protests, tanks rolled in and sharpshooters took up positions on the Israeli side of the border.

Weeping helplessly, a mother cradles her lifeless eight-month-old daughter yesterday - an apparent victim of Israeli tear gas.

On Tuesday, two Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli occupation forces' fire, but the number of protesters - and wounded - declined dramatically from Monday as Gazans mourned those killed the day before.

She said that it was Hamas - not Israel - who was making the "lives of Palestinians miserable" and praised Israeli forces for their "restraint" in the face of protests in Gaza.

It was not immediately clear how close to the border fence Ghandour and her family were. "We got away from the gas and gave Leila to my sister and went looking for two other children so we could leave".

"She drank juice but was crying a lot".

Leading the procession, her grief-stricken mother pressed the baby's body to her chest and cried: "Let her stay with me, it is too early for her to go". Heyam added: 'The doctor told me she was martyred.' The shootings came amid worldwide uproar over the Israeli military's use of deadly force against unarmed protesters.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied near the border fence on Monday, with smaller numbers seeking to breach it and clashes erupting.

UN General Secretary António Guterres said he was "profoundly alarmed and concerned by the sharp escalation of violence".

The US has been the lone voice of support for Israel.

He also slammed U.S. President Donald Trump on the move to relocate his country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, calling it a "big mistake".

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the Security Council on Tuesday that Gaza's fragile infrastructure, including lengthy electricity blackouts, required immediate action, Reuters reported.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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