Hell that is Gaza: A mother cradles her dead baby

Hell that is Gaza: A mother cradles her dead baby

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

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