Dozens of premature babies evacuated from Gaza to Egypt

Dozens of premature babies evacuated from Gaza to Egypt

According to Palestinian officials, Israeli forces have attacked another hospital in northern Gaza, causing a group of 28 premature babies to be evacuated from al-Shifa Hospital in the besieged Gaza Strip and transported to Egypt for immediate treatment.

The newborns were patients at al-Shifa, Gaza’s largest medical facility, where a number of them had passed away after their incubators ran out of fuel due to the collapse of medical supplies during an Israeli military ground and airstrike on Gaza City.

In order to stabilize the babies’ condition before traveling to Egypt via the Rafah border crossing on Monday, they were transported on Sunday to al-Helal Emirati Maternity Hospital in the southern Gazan city of Rafieh.

According to a World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson, three infants are still being treated at the Emirati hospital.

“Every baby needs medical attention and is fighting serious infections.”

After being transferred from al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City to a hospital in Rafah, doctors prepare premature babies for transportation to Egypt. Fatima Shbair/AP Photo

The largest medical facility in Gaza, al-Shifa Hospital, was taken over by Israeli forces last week in an effort to find what they claimed to be a Hamas command center and tunnel network. The accusations have been refuted by Hamas.

Hundreds of patients, medical professionals, and displaced people left al-Shifa over the weekend and relocated to the southern Gaza Strip during the Israeli operation.

Eight infants have passed away, according to hospital officials, since al-Shifa doctors raised the alarm about the hospital’s pregnancies rate and the dearth of clean water and medications in the neonatal ward.

Attack on a hospital in Indonesia

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, artillery fire at another hospital in northern Gaza on Monday resulted in the deaths of at least 12 patients and the injuries of dozens more.

The facility, which was surrounded by Israeli tanks, was said to contain hundreds of people.

The interior scenes were described as “chaotic” by journalist Anas al- Sharif while he was reporting from the hospital.

He informed Al Jazeera that “patients are in an overwhelming state of panic.” The phrase “victims are piling up on the floor”

The attack on the Indonesian Hospital, according to the WHO’s chief, “appalled” the UN organization.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus penned on X, formerly Twitter, “Health workers and civilians should never have to be exposed to such horror, especially while inside a hospital.”

The hospital attack, which was funded by Indonesia and built in 2016, was denounced by the country’s foreign minister as a “clear violation of international humanitarian laws.”

Retno Marsudi stated that all nations, particularly those with close ties to Israel, must exert all of their power and influence to persuade Israel to put an end to its atrocities.

We are extremely worried about what will happen to our coworkers, injured people, patients, and displaced people who may still be seeking refuge there. We fear the injured will perish because no ambulances can get to them, according to Nahed Abu Taaema, the director of the southern Gaza Nasser Hospital.

The Indonesian Hospital, like the majority of hospitals and clinics in the Gaza Strip’s northern half, has largely stopped operating but is still providing shelter to patients, employees, and displaced people who came here after Israel attacked Gaza last month.

Indonesian Hospital
On November 12, 2023, an Israeli attack near the Indonesian Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip caused smoke to rise. [Anas al-Shareef/Reuters]

US and Israeli officials reported that a Qatari-mediated agreement to release some of the prisoners held in the Palestinian enclave and temporarily halt fighting to allow aid deliveries to suffering civilians was edging closer as fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas in Gaza continues.

On October 7, Hamas launched a deadly attack on southern Israel, taking about 240 hostages. According to Israeli tallies, about 1,200 people—mostly civilians—were killed.

Israel launched a devastating bombardment and ground offensive on Gaza after the attack, promising to overthrow the armed group that had been in power there since 2007.

Source: Aljazeera


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