According to Egyptian television footage and a Palestinian hospital doctor, 28 premature babies from Gaza have been taken to Egypt for treatment after being evacuated from the hospital inside the besieged Palestinian enclave.
“The infants came to me from al-Shifa Hospital.” When they arrived, they were in a terrible state, according to Dr. Mohammad Salama, director of the neonatal unit at Rafah, southern Gaza’s Al-Helal al-Emirat Maternity Hospital.
On Monday, medical personnel were seen carefully removing infants from ambulances and placing them in mobile incubators before wheeling the vehicles across a parking lot in the direction of other hospitals on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing.
Only nappies and tiny green hats were worn by the 31 infants who were transferred on Sunday from the besieged al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City to the maternity hospital in Rafah as a first step toward evacuation.
The 28 infants have now arrived in Egypt without incident. In an email to the Reuters news agency, a World Health Organization spokesman stated that three infants are still being treated at the Emirati Hospital.