Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya looks on as he attends a police graduation ceremony in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, on May 28, 2013
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya looks on as he attends a police graduation ceremony in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, on May 28, 2013 © Said Khatib - AFP/File
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya looks on as he attends a police graduation ceremony in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, on May 28, 2013
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Last updated: November 19, 2013

Hamas PM grandchild back in Gaza after Israel treatment

A granddaughter of Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya has returned to Gaza after being hospitalised in Israel in a critical condition, Palestinian sources said Tuesday.

Medics in Gaza had on Monday reported that Amal Haniya, aged one, was sent to Israel for treatment for a serious infection of the digestive tract which has affected her nervous system.

Israeli daily Yediot Aharanot reported that the infant was being treated in the Petah Tikva paediatric hospital near Tel Aviv but that doctors had decided it was impossible to save her.

The premier's son Abdessalam Haniya late on Monday wrote that Amal had returned to the Al-Nasser paediatric hospital in Gaza, "still in a state of clinical death".

A medic explained that due to the child's critical condition she had been transferred back to the Gaza hospital, where should would receive the same medical care as in Israel.

Every year, several thousand Gazans are given permission to cross the border into Israel for urgent medical treatment, according to the World Health Organisation.

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