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Palestinians mourn an infant caught in the deadly Israel-Gaza border battle

A skinny boy named Ammar, who is 12 but looks much younger, spent Monday playing with his sister's blue-eyed, 10-month-old daughter, Leila, at the cramped apartment where they both lived in the Gaza Strip.

When Leila seemed hungry, he shared a piece of flat bread with her.

His sister, he figured, was with other family members at the massive Palestinian protests demanding a right to return to their ancestral homeland.

He decided to go find them.

He carried Leila to a bus that was leaving from a nearby mosque for the encampment where the family had been stationing itself along the eastern border of Gaza during the weeks of demonstrations.

When Ammar reached the camp, it was teeming with thousands of people, many of them threatening

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