Israel-Gaza: Palestinian girl dies from wounds sustained in bombing

Layan al-Shaer, a Palestinian child from the besieged Gaza Strip, succumbed to her wounds in occupied East Jerusalem on 11 August 2022 (Screengrab)

MEE Staff

Middle East Eye  /  August 11, 2022

Layan al-Shaer, 10, becomes the 48th Palestinian victim of the three-day Israeli assault.

A 10-year-old Palestinian has died in Al-Makassed Hospital in occupied East Jerusalem after sustaining severe injuries during Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip over the weekend.

Layan al-Shaer from Khan Younis, in the south of the Gaza Strip, was transferred to Al-Makassed on Tuesday as her medical condition deteriorated due to an injury to the head.

She became the 48th Palestinian victim of the Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip, which included four women and 17 children.

Another 360 Palestinians, including 151 children, were wounded, and some remain at risk of losing their lives.

The Palestinian health ministry said that Al-Shaer had been hit by shrapnel that damaged vital areas in her brain.

On 5 August, Israeli launched a three-day attack on Gaza before an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire came into effect on 7 August at 11:30pm local time. 

Both Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, the main target of Israel’s operation, claimed victory.

On 9 August, four Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank, including senior resistance fighter Ibrahim al-Nabulsi and two children, Hussain Jamal Taha, 16, and Moamen Yasin Jaber, 17. 

Since the start of the year, Israeli forces have killed more 130 Palestinians, including at least 34 children, according to the Palestinian health ministry. 

The Palestinian Authority warned on Tuesday that if “Israeli aggression” continues they will “ignite the region and will cause devastation” of which “no one can bear the serious consequences”.