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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 June 2018

Gaza protests: Palestinian baby died from tear gas inhalation

Israeli troops also used sniper fire during major protests as US opened embassy in Jerusalem

Palestinian protesters pulling barbed wire fence installed by Israeli army along the border during clashes after protests near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza Strip on May 14, 2018. Mohammed Saber / EPA Photo
Palestinian protesters pulling barbed wire fence installed by Israeli army along the border during clashes after protests near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza Strip on May 14, 2018. Mohammed Saber / EPA Photo

A Palestinian baby died as a result of inhaling tear gas during clashes along the Israel-Gaza border, the health ministry in the enclave announced on Tuesday.

Eight-month-old Leila Al Ghandour was exposed to the gas east of Gaza City during major protests on Monday, in which the health ministry said 58 Palestinians were killed most of them by sniper fire.

It was not immediately clear how close to the border fence the infant and her family were.

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At least five protests sites have been established since demonstrations began on March 30, most of them with both frontline areas and places for families further back.

Monday's protests were against the opening of the controversial US embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, which had angered Palestinians who see the eastern part of the city as their capital.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied near the border fence, with smaller numbers seeking to breach it.

Israeli forces on the border used tear gas and sniper fire on the crowds.