In the midst of heartbreaking news in Palestine, there is still hope for dozens of babies trapped in Al-Shifa Hospital, Gaza, Bunda. The most vulnerable patients, namely dozens of babies in Al-Shifa, have now been successfully evacuated to the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
It is known that 39 babies previously survived without the help of incubators despite running out of fuel and medical supplies. However, of this number, only 31 babies managed to come out after Israel carried out a complete hospital raid last Wednesday.
Mohammed Zaqout, Director General of Hospitals in Gaza, told reporters 31 babies were evacuated accompanied by three doctors and two nurses. “Preparations are being made for them to enter Egypt,” he said, quoted from Al Jazeera, Monday (20/11/2023).
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Al Jazeera’s Tareq Abu Azzoum, reporting from Nasser Hospital in southern Gaza, said the babies were on their way to a hospital in southern Gaza.
Six ambulances transported them, in an effort coordinated with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
“Israeli forces ordered doctors, patients and refugees at Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital to evacuate the medical complex, forcing some to leave at gunpoint,” Palestinian doctors and officials told Al Jazeera on Saturday.
The WHO team that visited the hospital on Saturday (18/11/2023) reported that there were still hundreds of patients trapped in the hospital, including those in very critical condition, trauma patients with seriously infected wounds, and other cases such as spinal cord injuries that were not can move.
“The patients and health staff they spoke to were in deep fear for their safety and health, and begged for evacuation,” the agency said, describing Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital as a death zone. Doctors said four babies died in the Israeli raid.
Meanwhile, the babies transferred to southern Gaza will later be transferred to Emirates Hospital in Rafah.
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