Gaza Girl Succumbs to Wounds Days After Israeli Strike, Bringing Death Toll to 48

The body of 10-year-old Layan al-Shaer was returned to Gaza after hospitalization in Jerusalem

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Mourners carry the body of Palestinian child Layan al-Shaer after she succumbed to her injuries sustained in last week's Israeli air strikes, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Thursday.
Mourners carry the body of Palestinian child Layan al-Shaer after she succumbed to her injuries sustained in last week's Israeli air strikes, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Thursday.Credit: SAID KHATIB - AFP

The Palestinian death toll from last weekend's fighting between Israel and Gaza militants rose to 48 Thursday after an 10-year-old girl and a man died from wounds they sustained during the worst cross-border violence in over a year.

Meanwhile, two wounded Gaza children, ages 8 and 14, were fighting for their lives in a Jerusalem hospital. In all, more than 300 Palestinians were wounded over the weekend when Israel struck Islamic Jihad targets across Gaza and the militant group fired hundreds of rockets at Israel.

The death of 10-year-old Layan al-Shaer at Mukassed Hospital in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem brought to 16 the number of children killed in the fighting. The Palestinian Red Crescent returned her body to Gaza, where she was buried.

Layan al-Shaer.

Two Islamic Jihad militants were also killed in the strike that killed al-Shaer.

Two other Gaza children, 14-year-old Nayef al-Awdat and 8-year-old Mohammed Abu Ktaifa were being treated in the intensive care unit at Mukassed.

Nayef, who is blind, was wounded in an Israeli airstrike while Mohammed was hurt in an explosion that went off near a wedding party and killed an elderly woman, with the circumstances still unclear.

Israel has said as many as 16 people might have been killed by rockets misfired by Palestinian militants. Israeli strikes appear to have killed more than 30 Palestinians, including civilians and several militants, among them two senior Islamic Jihad commanders.

It wasn't immediately clear how the man whose death was announced Thursday was wounded.

A cease-fire took hold Sunday night, bringing an end to the fighting that started Friday. No Israelis were killed or seriously wounded.

Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers have fought four wars and several smaller battles over the last 15 years at a staggering cost to the territory’s 2 million Palestinian residents.

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