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Premature Infants Evacuated from Gaza to Egypt Amidst Military Operation

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Hadeel Hashem
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Premature Infants Evacuated from Gaza to Egypt Amidst Military Operation

In a harrowing episode of events late November, a military operation by the Israeli army led to a severe fuel shortage at al-Shifa, the largest hospital in Gaza. Consequently, this disrupted the functioning of incubators, tragically resulting in the death of multiple infants. Amidst this crisis, 28 prematurely born infants were evacuated to Egypt, where they are now receiving medical attention in a newly established administrative hospital in Cairo.

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The Desperate Evacuation

The escalation of the military operation in Gaza by Israeli forces led to a sudden fuel crisis at al-Shifa hospital. This dire situation forced the hospital administration to evacuate the premature infants to Egypt. The infants, born at a tender 31 weeks, were initially placed on respirators after birth. However, as the military operation escalated, Gaza was sealed off, leaving the infants stranded without their mothers.

The Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

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Since October 7, the conflict in Gaza has claimed the lives of at least 16,248 people and left 42,000 injured, as per the reports. On the other side, in Israel, at least 1,200 people have been killed and 6,900 others wounded by Hamas and Palestinian militants. Amidst this deadly conflict, the most vulnerable victims are the children and newborns. With the temporary ceasefire between Hamas and Israel ending early Friday, Israel has resumed its bombardment of Gaza, further exacerbating the humanitarian crisis.

Stepping Up to the Crisis

In response to the escalating crisis, six Palestinian mothers of the evacuated infants were due to leave Gaza for Egypt, where their newborns remain hospitalized. As the conflict continues, the United States and its Group of Seven allies have called for the opening of crossings from Gaza into Israel for the transfer of humanitarian aid. This comes in the wake of a report from the World Food Programme that has identified around 83% of households in Southern Gaza suffering from inadequate food consumption, highlighting the dire need for immediate aid.

As the conflict continues to unfold, the needs of the most vulnerable—like these prematurely born infants—must not be forgotten. The world's collective efforts are required to ensure their safety and well-being, even amidst the most challenging circumstances.

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