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December 12, 2018 6:03 pm

Baby of Israeli Mother Wounded in Palestinian Shooting Attack Dies, Hundreds Attend Funeral

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An Israeli solider works at the scene of the shooting attack near Ofra, in the West Bank, Dec. 9, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Ammar Awad.

An Israeli baby boy who was delivered early after his mother was seriously wounded in a Palestinian drive-by shooting attack at a bus stop in the West Bank on Sunday has died.

The baby — named Amiad Yisrael posthumously — passed away on Wednesday at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Before the boy’s death, his parents, Shira and Amichai Ish-Ran, were able to visit him for a short time.

“With great sorrow we announce the death of Shira and Amichai’s newborn, in spite of the doctors’ efforts to save him,” the hospital said in a statement.

The infant was buried hours later at the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem. Hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral.

Both Shira and Amichai were wounded in the terror attack near the settlement of Ofra and are still hospitalized at Shaare Zedek.

Shira arrived at the hospital in life-threatening condition, which has since stabilized. She was 30 weeks pregnant at the time of the attack and her baby was delivered by an emergency cesarean section.

“Our hearts are with Shira and Amichai over the passing of their four day old son who did not even have a name. The murderers are abhorrent, the most deviant criminals on earth,” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said on Wednesday.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said, “This morning, I visited Shira Ish-Ran, who was critically wounded in the Ofra attack; she is determined and strong. Tragically, her baby son, Amiad, did not survive. The world must strongly condemn this terror and not remain silent when terrorists murder a pure and innocent baby.”

On Wednesday evening, one of the suspected perpetrators of the attack — the son of a senior Hamas official — was shot dead by Israeli troops north of Ramallah following an intense manhunt. A number of other suspects have reportedly been detained.

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