At least 31 premature babies were hurriedly evacuated from Gaza’s Al Shifa Hospital, marking a desperate response to the critical situation unfolding in the region.
The evacuation, orchestrated by Palestinian health officials, aimed to save the lives of these vulnerable infants amid a dire shortage of essential resources.
The evacuation to Egypt became a lifeline for these tiny patients, as scores of other critically wounded individuals found themselves stranded in Al Shifa Hospital days after Israeli forces stormed the compound.
World Health Organization chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, shed light on the gravity of the situation, revealing that not only the premature babies but also six health workers and ten staff family members were part of the urgent evacuation efforts.
The transferred infants now find themselves under the care of a hospital run by the UAE in the Egyptian border city of Rafah.
This emergency relocation ensures that the fragile newborns receive the immediate and specialized attention they require to survive.
Tragically, the crisis at Al Shifa Hospital has already claimed eight lives since November 11, when fuel supplies depleted, rendering incubator units non-operational due to a lack of electricity.
The Palestinian health ministry has explicitly linked these deaths to the ongoing Israeli blockade of the enclave, emphasizing the devastating impact on the healthcare system in Gaza.
As the international community watches with concern, the urgency of addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza becomes increasingly evident.
The fate of these premature infants serves as a poignant reminder of the human toll of conflict, prompting calls for immediate intervention to alleviate the suffering of those caught in the crossfire.