Hamas PM's baby granddaughter dies

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - The Hamas prime minister's office in Gaza says that his one-year-old granddaughter, who sought medical treatment in Israel last week, has died.

The girl was brought to Israel in grave condition last week but returned to the Gaza Strip a day later after Israeli doctors concluded they could not help her.

A statement from Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's office says the girl, named Amal, died at a children's hospital in Gaza Wednesday.

Amal's father wrote on his Facebook page that she had suffered brain damage.

Haniyeh's office declined comment on the granddaughter's seeking treatment in Israel, but a family friend said the move had no political significance.

Hamas and Israel are enemies and few travel between the two territories, but Gazans often receive medical treatment in Israel.

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