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State of Palestine: Funeral held for toddler and aunt killed in alleged Israeli airstrike03:08

State of Palestine: Funeral held for toddler and aunt killed in alleged Israeli airstrike

Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Gaza
May 5, 2019 at 13:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

The 14-month old Palestinian child who was allegedly killed in an Israeli airstrike was laid to rest in Gaza City on Sunday, alongside her 37-year old pregnant aunt Salah Bat Abu Arar.

The funeral started at the toddler's family house in the al-Zaytoun neighbourhood east of Gaza City and reached Al-Omari Mosque.

Footage filmed on Sunday shows mourners carrying the toddler's body in procession ahead of the burial at the main cemetery.

According to Gaza Health Ministry, Saba Mahmoud Hamdan Abu Arar was killed when a rocket hit eastern Gaza City, and died instantly. The woman, who was earlier reported incorrectly as her mother, died from severe injuries on Saturday evening.

Israel has said that Hamas was responsible for the infant's death, rejecting Palestinian claims and saying that the incident was caused by a failed Hamas rocket launch aimed at Israel.

In total, around 450 rockets were launched by Gaza militants towards Israeli territory since Friday, with Israeli forces carrying out airstrikes on numerous targets in Gaza Strip.

The conflict entered its second day on Sunday, with eight Palestinians and three Israelis killed since tensions escalated on the border.

State of Palestine: Funeral held for toddler and aunt killed in alleged Israeli airstrike03:08
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The 14-month old Palestinian child who was allegedly killed in an Israeli airstrike was laid to rest in Gaza City on Sunday, alongside her 37-year old pregnant aunt Salah Bat Abu Arar.

The funeral started at the toddler's family house in the al-Zaytoun neighbourhood east of Gaza City and reached Al-Omari Mosque.

Footage filmed on Sunday shows mourners carrying the toddler's body in procession ahead of the burial at the main cemetery.

According to Gaza Health Ministry, Saba Mahmoud Hamdan Abu Arar was killed when a rocket hit eastern Gaza City, and died instantly. The woman, who was earlier reported incorrectly as her mother, died from severe injuries on Saturday evening.

Israel has said that Hamas was responsible for the infant's death, rejecting Palestinian claims and saying that the incident was caused by a failed Hamas rocket launch aimed at Israel.

In total, around 450 rockets were launched by Gaza militants towards Israeli territory since Friday, with Israeli forces carrying out airstrikes on numerous targets in Gaza Strip.

The conflict entered its second day on Sunday, with eight Palestinians and three Israelis killed since tensions escalated on the border.

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