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Hell that is Gaza: A mother cradles her dead baby, a tiny victim of tear gas

Weeping helplessly, a mother cradles her lifeless eight-month-old daughter yesterday – an apparent victim of Israeli tear gas – as a picture emerged of a double amputee using a slingshot against troops.

Mariam al-Ghandour, 17, said her daughter, Leila, died after a mix-up led to her being taken to a flashpoint in Gaza during protests.

Leila was believed to be the youngest victim of Monday’s bloodbath and one of eight children under 16 who were reportedly among 58 Palestinians killed in demonstrations.

Weeping helplessly, a mother cradles her lifeless eight-month-old daughter yesterday – an apparent victim of Israeli tear gas. The Palestinian health ministry said yesterday that Leila had died from tear gas inhalation during protests against the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem

It was the deadliest day since the 2014 Gaza War. At least 2,700 were said to be injured.

In Gaza City hundreds marched in the funeral of the baby, whose body was wrapped in a Palestinian flag.

Mrs al-Ghandour said: ‘The Israelis killed her.’

The picture of slingshot demonstrator Saber al-Ashkar, 29, emerged on social media yesterday. It was taken on Friday as the protests gained in fury.

Health officials in Gaza said two more Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire during protests near the border in Gaza yesterday.

More than 100 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded by live fire during a series of weekly protests led by Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza. Palestinians resumed their protests yesterday, but only dozens turned out.

Earlier, funerals began for some of those killed, coinciding with the day Palestinians call the Nakba, or ‘catastrophe’, which commemorates when more than 700,000 of them fled or were expelled from their homes in the 1948-49 war that followed the creation of the State of Israel.

The picture of slingshot demonstrator Saber al-Ashkar, 29, emerged on social media yesterday. It was taken on Friday as the protests gained in fury

The picture of slingshot demonstrator Saber al-Ashkar, 29, emerged on social media yesterday. It was taken on Friday as the protests gained in fury

The Palestinian health ministry said yesterday that Leila had died from tear gas inhalation during protests against the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

But a doctor in Gaza told the Associated Press news agency that the infant may have had a pre-existing medical condition.

Miss al-Ghandour said she had left Leila with her brothers at home while she went to the dentist. But her brother Ammar, 11, took the baby to the border – a flashpoint for violence – after mistakenly thinking Miss al-Ghandour was there with the child’s grandmother, Heyam.

He eventually found his mother close to the border and handed Leila over to her. Within minutes they were engulfed in tear gas.

Theresa May yesterday described the loss of life in Gaza as ‘tragic’, and called for an inquiry into the deaths. The PM said the violence was ‘destructive to peace efforts’

Theresa May yesterday described the loss of life in Gaza as ‘tragic’, and called for an inquiry into the deaths. The PM said the violence was ‘destructive to peace efforts’

‘I could barely breathe,’ Heyam said. ‘We got away from the gas. She was crying a lot, then she went silent. I thought she was sleeping.’ But when her skin turned blue, they took her to hospital, where doctors said she had been dead for an hour. Heyam added: ‘The doctor told me she was martyred.’ The shootings came amid international uproar over the Israeli military’s use of deadly force against unarmed protesters.

Theresa May yesterday described the loss of life in Gaza as ‘tragic’, and called for an inquiry into the deaths. The PM said the violence was ‘destructive to peace efforts’.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said peaceful protests were ‘being exploited by extremists’.

But during a UN Security Council meeting, US ambassador Nikki Haley said: ‘No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has’

But during a UN Security Council meeting, US ambassador Nikki Haley said: ‘No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has’. Israel has defended its response, blaming Hamas for fomenting violence and insisting it needed to protect nearby Jewish settlements from protesters getting through the border fence (pictured: Leila al-Ghandour, two)

Germany and Belgium backed Britain’s call for an independent investigation into Monday’s violence, with Belgian PM Charles Michel describing Israel’s actions as ‘unacceptable’. French president Emmanuel Macron also condemned the killings.

But during a UN Security Council meeting, US ambassador Nikki Haley said: ‘No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.’

Israel has defended its response, blaming Hamas for fomenting violence and insisting it needed to protect nearby Jewish settlements from protesters getting through the border fence. 



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