Gaza protests: Palestinian baby died from tear gas inhalation

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

epa06737214 Palestinians 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, 14 May 2018. According to media reports, at least 50 Palestinians were killed and more than 1800 wounded during clashes in Gaza-Israeli border during clashes against the US embassy move to Jerusalem as well as marking Nakba Day. Palestinians are marking the Nakba Day, or the day of the disaster, when more than 700 thousand Palestinians were forcefully expelled from their villages during the war that led to the creation of the state of Israel on 15 May 1948. Protesters call for the right of Palestinians to return to their homeland.  EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

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.

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