A Palestinian child died from complications from diarrhea and pneumonia in the Gaza Strip after he contracted the disease from a Hamas-affiliated health worker, a medical source said on Sunday.
The child was infected in his home in Beit Hanoun on the outskirts of the Gaza strip, the source said.
It was not immediately clear how the child contracted the illness, and a hospital source in Beer was not able to confirm the source of the infection.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP news agency that the boy had been hospitalized in Gaza since Sunday, complaining of stomach pains.
The Gaza Strip is a fenced off zone that Israel has imposed in response to Hamas rocket attacks and rocket fire from the coastal territory.
Israel has imposed a partial closure on the strip after Hamas in 2006 agreed to a cease-fire deal with Israel but has refused to relinquish the enclave’s airspace.
Israel, which regards Gaza as a major military target, has fired at least 664 rockets into the coastal enclave, mostly over Israeli territory.
A total of 1,300 Palestinians have been killed and 4,500 wounded in the latest flare-up, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
The United Nations estimates more than 2,000 Gazans have been displaced by the fighting, many of them living in refugee camps in neighboring Egypt.
Israel captured Gaza in the 1967 Mideast war.
It has since maintained a naval blockade that prevents imports and exports.