UN: Palestinian rocket likely killed Gaza baby, not Israeli airstrike


Palestinian medics carry a wounded baby into the al-shifa hospital in Gaza City following an Israeli air strike on November 14, 2012.



An infant child's iconic death in Gaza during an Israeli-Palestinian flare-up appears to have been caused by Palestinian militant fire, not an Israeli airstrike, according to this United Nations report

The child in question was 11-month-old Omar al-Masharawi, whom the Associated Press said was the baby of a BBC reporter and whose death, the report said, became a rallying cry for the Palestinian resistance. 

Violence broke out in the Gaza border area last November, leading to clashes that killed some 160 Palestinians and six Israelis, according to AP

The March 6, 2013 report from the United Nations stated: 

"On 14 November, a woman, her 11-month-old infant, and an 18-year-old adult in Al-Zaitoun were killed by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel."

The report said the case was overseen by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 

AP said neither Hamas nor BBC have commented on the findings.