Palestinian baby dies from tear gas inhalation at Gaza border

An 8-month-old Palestinian infant was one of eight children who died during Monday’s violent protests along the Israel border, Reuters reports

Baby Laila al-Ghandour died after inhaling tear gas during mass protests against the U.S. Embassy’s relocation to Jerusalem, according to the news service.

{mosads}A senior Israeli commander confirmed to Reuters that at least 60 Palestinians were killed Monday. 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.

Thousands reportedly gathered to march in Laila’s funeral on Tuesday.

“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, which was wrapped in a Palestinian flag.

The White House blamed the deaths on Hamas, saying the group was “cynically provoking” Israeli soldiers.
“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 said.
Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, also blamed the militant group at a U.N. Security Council meeting Tuesday. Haley said Hamas was behind the demonstrations, using loudspeakers throughout the Gaza strip to encourage protesters to rush the border fence with Israel.
She said that it was Hamas — not Israel — who was making the “lives of Palestinians miserable” and praised Israeli forces for their “restraint” in the face of protests in Gaza. 
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