An IDF official cast doubt on Tuesday that the Israeli military was responsible for the death the previous day of a Palestinian baby in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
“We have evidence that undermines the credibility of the Hamas Health Ministry’s announcement regarding the death of the baby,” Maj. Avichay Adraee — the IDF’s Arabic-language spokesman — said.
Adraee was referring to eight-month-old girl Laila al-Ghandour, who — according to the Health Ministry — died after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces at rioters on the Gaza border.
An anonymous medical doctor in Gaza separately told the Associated Press that al-Ghandour “had a pre-existing medical condition and that he did not believe her death was caused by tear gas.”
“Layla’s family claimed Tuesday that the baby had ended up in the area of the protest as a result of a mix-up,” the AP added.
Al-Ghandour was laid to rest on Tuesday in Gaza City at a funeral attended by hundreds of mourners.
At least 60 Palestinians were killed on the border on Monday.
by Algemeiner Staff