Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Gaza hospitals strive to cope with numbers of wounded protesters

Gaza hospitals strive to cope with numbers of wounded protesters

The ministry did not say how Layla Al Ghandour was exposed to the tear gas.

On Tuesday morning, the Palestinian Health Ministry stated that a child died from serious wounds he suffered, Monday, after Israeli soldiers shot him east of Gaza City.

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

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.

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

They carried her tiny body, wrapped in a Palestinian flag.

Asked about life in Gaza, Mr Regev acknowledged the Palestinians "live a very hard life", but blamed Hamas, claiming it does nothing for the people but "invests its efforts in a holy war - their words, not mine - against Israel".

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

"I could barely breathe", she said. "We got away from the gas and gave Leila to my sister and went looking for two other children so we could leave". She was crying a lot, then she went silent.

"Parents of those who have been injured tell us they don't know how to support their children", said Jennifer Moorehead, Save the Children's Occupied Palestinian Territory Country Director.

Mr Regev said: "If we allow the Hamas terrorists to enter Israel, we will have dead Israelis".

"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.

But during a UN Security Council meeting, U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley said: "No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has". Monday's protests were against the opening of the controversial USA embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, which had angered Palestinians who see the eastern part of the city as their capital. The UN Security Council plans to meet to discuss the situation.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley walks out of the chamber as Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations Riyad Mansour begins to speak.

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