GlobalDirector of Gaza hospitals announces evacuation of 31 premature babies from al-Chifa

Director of Gaza hospitals announces evacuation of 31 premature babies from al-Chifa

“Preparations are underway to evacuate them to Egypt” via the Rafah crossing, Mohammed Zaqout, director general of hospitals in the Gaza Strip, told AFP.

Rafah is the only opening to the world of the Palestinian territory which is not in the hands of Israel, a country at war against Hamas, the Islamist movement, which took power in Gaza in 2007.

“None of the infants were accompanied by family members because the Ministry of Health only has limited information and is not able to find their loved ones immediately,” the Ministry of Health announced. World Health Organization (WHO).

On the other hand, “six caregivers” accompanied them while “eleven of them are in critical condition” and all are suffering from “serious infections”, specified the organization which participated in this evacuation, carried out by six Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances.

The latter confirmed that the convoy had also been organized in coordination with the UN, a condition demanded by the organization after a deadly strike by the Israeli army on an ambulance at the gates of al-Chifa on November 4.

After the transport of premature babies on Sunday to the Emirates+ Hospital in Rafah, “other missions are planned to transport patients and caregivers remaining at al-Chifa hospital,” says the WHO. But, she adds, there too, “guarantees from the conflicting parties will be required for safe passage”.

Already, reports the WHO, “on Saturday, two premature babies died before the evacuation took place.”

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