Last updated: 18 November, 2013

Hamas PM granddaughter hospitalised in Israel

A granddaughter of Gaza’s Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya has been hospitalised in Israel in critical condition, Palestinian sources said Monday.

Amal Haniya, aged one, suffers from a serious infection of the digestive tract which has affected her nervous system, according to Gaza medical sources.

“Amal has crossed the Green Line (border with Israel) now, and I call on God to grant her health,” Abdessalam Haniya, the premier’s son, wrote Sunday on his Facebook page.

“I call on God to grant good health to my daughter Amal, who entered in a state of clinical death,” he added the next day.

Photographs on social networks show Ismail Haniya, whose militant Islamist movement does not recognise Israel’s existence, visiting the sick child in Al-Nasser paediatric hospital before her transfer.

The Israeli military administration, contacted by AFP, said it had no knowledge of the transfer.

Several thousand Gazans are authorised each year to cross the border for medical treatment in Israel, according to the World Health Organisation.