An 8-month-old baby girl is among those killed by Israeli troops during mass protests in Gaza over the official relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, Palestinian officials reported Tuesday.
Laila Anwar Ghandour is one of eight children killed Monday when Israeli troops used deadly force against protesters along the border, according to Palestine’s health ministry. The baby died of asphyxiation from teargas.
The baby’s parents held her funeral on Tuesday, the day of "Nakba," a memorial of the 700,000 Palestinians who were driven from their homes exactly 70 years ago after the creation of Israel.
At least 60 Palestinians were killed during Monday’s demonstrations, and more than 2,700 were injured, including some 1,300 hit by gunfire. The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that Monday was Gaza’s deadliest day since the war between Israel and Palestine in 2014. Protests have been happening in the region since March, decrying the Trump administration’s decision to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv, which breaks with decades of U.S. policy to have any such decision be part of a broader peace deal.
Israeli troops’ use of deadly force triggered widespread alarm and outrage from international leaders and groups. A handful of liberal members of U.S. Congress condemned the extreme use of force against mostly unarmed protesters.
The U.K.’s Jeremy Corbyn, who leads the country’s Labour Party, called for action to be taken in response to the killings of Palestinian protesters in Gaza, and French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the violence and called for Israel’s restraint.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israel a “terrorist state” and accused the country of implementing “genocide” against Palestine. Turkey withdrew its ambassadors to Israel and the U.S. in response to the violence.