Family in Agony After Baby Dies From Tear Gas at Gaza Protest

Family in Agony After Baby Dies From Tear Gas at Gaza Protest

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.

Leila died at the hospital on Tuesday morning and her funeral was held later that day, which marked the day of "Nakba" that commemorates the more than 700,000 Palestinians who were expelled from their lands by Israeli forces back in 1948.

The protesters are demanding that refugees and their descendants be allowed the right to return to their former family homes, which now lie on the other side of the border fence, inside Israel. Monday was one of the deadliest days we have seen since the 2014 war, with six children killed and more than 220 children hurt, including more than 150 who were shot by live ammunition, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza.

The mother of 8-month-old Palestinian infant Laila al-Ghandour cries after her daughter was killed.

The vast majority have been killed by live ammunition fired by Israeli snipers but Leila was reportedly caught up in a cloud of tear gas, only temporarily painful for adults but potentially more risky for infants.

The mother of Leila al-Ghandour cradles her at at the morgue of al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on May 15. Within minutes they were engulfed in tear gas. 'We got away from the gas.

Israeli troops used tear gas and live fire against protesters, as they approached the border fence, wounding nearly 3,000 and sparking condemnation from the United Nations (UN).

"She drank juice but was crying a lot. I thought she was sleeping". "I took her to the children's hospital and the doctor told me she was martyred [dead]".

The White House blamed Hamas, the militant Palestinian Islamist group that controls Gaza, for the dozens of deaths in Gaza amid protests over the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.

"Starting tomorrow, the United Nations, together with worldwide partners will need to focus and redouble efforts to implement projects that will have an immediate impact on improving the electricity, water and health situation as a matter of urgency", he said.

Israel has faced worldwide criticism over the use of live fire, but defends soldiers' actions as necessary to guard the border.

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