Gaza hospitals struggle to cope with numbers of wounded protesters

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"We were horrified at reports this morning that an eight-month old baby girl died from inhaling tear gas at the protests on Monday, with our staff on the ground telling us that the family was nearly a kilometre from the security fence when this happened", Save the Children's Occupied Palestinian Territory Country Director Jennifer Moorehead said.

Although the baby's family blames Israeli forces, an unnamed doctor told reporters the child had a pre-existing condition. "They told me she had been dead more than an hour", Heyam said.

Weeping helplessly, a mother cradles her lifeless eight-month-old daughter yesterday - an apparent victim of Israeli tear gas.

"The influx of new injuries means people are being treated in corridors and sent home before they have properly healed", said Jennifer Moorehead, Save the Children's country director for the Palestinian territories. "What is she guilty of to die like this?"

60 people have died following Monday's clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops. They stayed only a few minutes, Heyam insisted, before tear gas rained down on them.

"What happened was a real massacre". Yesterday we received 500 injuries in this hospital, mostly in the lower limbs, this is more than 25 times the capacity this hospital can deal with.

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Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI), said: "It is an enormous step backwards to deemphasize this growing challenge". It remains to be seen if their bill will garner any Republican support.

She added: "Families who are now left looking after injured loved ones, are telling us that they are struggling to cope". 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.

Israel has faced worldwide criticism over the use of live fire, but defends soldiers' actions as necessary to guard the border.

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the Security Council on Tuesday that Gaza's fragile infrastructure, including lengthy electricity blackouts, required immediate action, Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for three days of mourning and a general strike.

More violence was expected amid simmering tensions last night on the day that marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the first war between the newly created Jewish state and its Arab neighbours in 1948. But this year, they have even more reasons to grieve.

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