The granddaughter of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was treated in an Israeli hospital yesterday, according to Palestinian reports.
One-year-old Amal Haniyeh, accompanied by her grandmother, was admitted to the Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petach Tikvah for treatment from a digestive tract infection. The pair traveled into Israel from Gaza.
The child was taken back into Gaza after Israeli doctors determined her condition could not be treated.
“She was brought into Israel, but returned to Gaza after her condition could not be stabilized. She is in critical condition,” Major Guy Inbar, a spokesman for the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, told The Times of Israel.
The girl’s father, Abdul Salam Haniyeh, son of Ismail Haniyeh, wrote on Facebook of the Israeli aid, but the post was quickly removed, according to the Jerusalem Post. The Palestinian Authority in Ramallah also confirmed the child was brought to Israel, and said PA Health Ministry officials reached out to their Israeli counterparts to request the treatment.
The child is said to now be near death.
Ismail Haniyeh is widely considered an enemy of Israel, and has called for a third intifada on the Jewish state. Hamas, which controls Gaza, is considered a terror group by Israel and the US, and has a contentious relationship with its counterpart party Fatah, a moderate group that governs the West Bank.
Israel regularly allows Palestinians in from the Strip and the West Bank to receive medical care, though admittance is based on case-by-case need.
Meanwhile, at the exact moment Amal was being treated near Tel Aviv, a second Hamas official was quoted as saying the terrorist group has purposely widened its weapons arsenal to target Tel Aviv.
“The resistance now has various military surprises in addition to newly acquired expertise,” Gaza official Salah Bardawil told Hamas daily Al-Resalah. “[Hamas] has improved its performance.”