Palestine: Month-old Palestinian girl dies of wounds from Israeli attack

12th Aug 2014
Palestine: Month-old Palestinian girl dies of wounds from Israeli attack

A month-and-a-half-old child injured in an Israeli attack on Gaza died of her wounds Monday, health ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra said.

The death of Mayda Mohammed Aslan in a central Gaza attack brings to 1,940 the number of Palestinians killed since Israel launched its terror campaign against the besieged strip on July 8.

The killing of the infant makes her one of the youngest victims of Israel’s US-backed assault, now in its 35th day.

As of Sunday night, 467 children, 243 women and 87 elderly have been killed in the assault, Qudra wrote on Twitter. Of the 10,000 Palestinians injured, 3,009 were children, 1,912 women, and 359 elderly.

No others deaths were reported in Gaza Monday as a 72-hour truce took effect at midnight.

More than 12 hours into the truce, there were no reports of violations on either side and signs of life emerged on the streets of the war-torn coastal enclave which is home to 1.8 million Palestinians.

Shops and businesses opened their doors and outside a UN-run school, a clutch of cars and donkey carts waited to take some refugees back to homes they had fled during the fighting.

“We want to go back to see what happened to our house,” said Hikmat Atta, 58, who piled his family into a small cart to visit the home they left in the northern town of Beit Lahiya in the first days of the war.

But with the second truce in a week still in its early stages, he was not taking any chances.

“We’re just going back for the day, at night we’ll come back here,” he told AFP.

(Al-Akhbar, AFP)

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