Laila Ghandour

May 14, 2018:  Laila Ghandour, 8 months old, died from suffocation from tear gas near the protest.

She was in a tent, one one of many which were known to contain families, medical teams, and injured protesters.

She was one of sixty Palestinians killed during a protest against the U.S. moving its Embassy to Jerusalem on Monday May 14th, 2018.

The protest also focused on commemorating  the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (Catastrophe), when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced from their homes for the creation of the state of Israel – creating the largest refugee population on earth, many of whom remain in exile generations later.

Laila’s family had not carried the baby to the protest, as some media agencies claimed. An interview with her father after her death by RT News made it clear that the baby was in a tent located 1.5 kilometers away from the border. Her grandmother was holding her when the tear gas came flooding into the tent. The grandmother tried to shield the baby from the gas, but was not able to run fast enough to escape the cloud of gas that filled the area.

According to Laila’s father, the grandmother then handed Laila to Laila’s older sister, who tried to shield the baby as she ran home carrying her. When she made it inside the house, the baby was already turning blue. They rushed her to the hospital, but it was too late.

Laila was a medically fragile child who had been born with a hole in her heart. She was scheduled for surgery in October of 2018, if the condition did not resolve itself by then. Laila’s father stated that in her last checkup, the doctors indicated that the medical treatment she was undergoing appeared to be working, and the family should continue with the same treatment and Laila would likely be able to avoid surgery.

Her condition, patent ductus arteriosus, is relatively common and does not cause a patient to stop breathing without a secondary cause, according to a Harvard medical doctor who was interviewed by the New York Times about Laila’s case two days after her death.

The British news agency ‘The Guardian’ reported on May 24th, 2018 that Gaza’s Health Ministry had removed Laila’s name from the list of those killed on May 14th, pending an investigation — but there was no evidence that the Health Ministry had removed her name from any list.

The Israeli military spokesperson attempted to cast doubt on the family’s account, claiming, without evidence or investigation, two days after her death, that the baby had not died of tear gas but solely because of a pre-existing health condition.

The Israeli military offered no evidence for their version of the death of Laila, instead issuing a series of tweets that said the death of the baby was ‘Hamas propaganda’ – without backing that claim with any information or evidence.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed 60 Palestinians on Monday, May 14th, 2018, including an eight month old baby, 6 children and four officers of the Ministry of Interior and National Security, in the Gaza Strip, and injured more than 2700.

Among the slain Palestinians are an eight month old baby, six children, including one girl, and among the wounded are 122 children, and 44 women.

27 of the wounded Palestinians suffered very serious wounds, 59 serious injuries, 735 moderate wounds, and 882 suffered light wounds.

772 of the wounded Palestinians were shot with live rounds, three with rubber-coated steel bullets, 91 with shrapnel, 100 cuts and bruises and 737 suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

65 of the wounded were shot in the head and neck, 116 in their arms, 48 in the chest and back, 651 in the lower extremities, 52 in several parts of their bodies and 737 suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

The soldiers also caused damage to at least one ambulance and injured one medic and eleven journalists.

In addition, the Health Ministry called on Egypt to urgently send emergency medical supplies and specialists, mainly surgeons, intensive care physicians, anesthesia specialists, and to allow the transfer of a large number of the wounded to Egyptian hospitals, especially those indeed of urgent surgeries, since Gaza hospitals lack the needed supplies

Laila was from the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC