An 8-month-old Palestinian girl died on Monday after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli troops during the mass protests against President Trump’s decision to relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, according to Reuters.
Baby Laila al-Ghandour was one of eight children who died during Monday’s violent protests along the Israel border that killed dozens and injured thousands.
Thousands gathered to march in Laila’s funeral on Tuesday. Her tiny body was wrapped in a Palestinian flag.
“Let her stay with me, it is too early for her to go,” Laila’s mother reportedly cried as she held her daughter’s body.
💔 Heartbreaking .. The farewell of the Palestinian baby Laila Ghanem 8 month who was martyred after inhaling tear gas that shot by Israeli occupation forces at the camps of the March of Return at the eastern borders of #Gaza yesterday .#Nakba70 #GreatReturnMarch pic.twitter.com/sAzUNqFgSK
— #Nakba70 Palestine (@ALQadiPAL) May 15, 2018
A senior Israeli commander confirmed to Reuters that at least 60 Palestinians were killed Monday by the Israeli military in Palestinian protests that erupted Monday along the Gaza border as the U.S. opened its new embassy in Jerusalem.
The death toll including eight children, Palestinian authorities said. The deaths and injuries to over 2,400 people came mostly from gunfire by Israeli forces as waves of Palestinians attempted to cross the border into Israel.
The White House has laid blame on Hamas for the violence.
“The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas. Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response,” White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah told reporters on Monday.
“We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that Hamas is the one that, frankly, bears responsibility for the entire situation right now,” he continued.
The Palestinian ambassador to the U.N. accused Israeli forces of using “massive firepower” against civilians.
“We condemn in the strongest term the atrocity by the Israeli occupying forces using this massive firepower against civilians who have the right to demonstrate peacefully, and they have been demonstrating peacefully,” Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters outside the U.N. Security Council chambers in New York.
“We condemn this action in the strongest possible terms,” Mansour said. “We demand that this action be stopped immediately, and we want those responsible to be brought to justice from the Israeli side because this is not allowed under the provisions of international law.”
German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert on Tuesday said the violence “concerns us greatly and it’s terrible that so many people lost their lives, including minors.”
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel called Israel’s actions “unacceptable violence” and said “there is a clear lack of proportionality and we are asking for an international investigation.”
South Africa recalled it’s ambassador to Israel in the wake of the deadly violence.