(CTN News) – A group of 28 premature babies from Gaza were transported from a hospital in the bombarded Palestinian enclave to Egypt for medical treatment on Monday, as shown in Egyptian television footage and confirmed by a Palestinian hospital physician.
The medical personnel at the Rafah border crossing in Egypt were observed delicately lifting infants from ambulances and placing them in portable incubators. These incubators were then transported across a parking lot to other ambulances.
31 babies were relocated on Sunday from the besieged Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City to a maternity hospital in southern Gaza as a first step towards evacuation. The babies, wearing only nappies and tiny green hats, were part of the relocation effort.
“The babies came to me from Al Shifa Clinic. “When they came here, they were in a terrible condition,” said Dr.Mohammad Salama, head of the neonatology department at Al Helal Al Emailati Hospital in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, said:
“Some are malnourished, some are suffering from dehydration, and some are suffering from cold temperatures. We have been working over the past 24 hours to stabilize her condition,” he told Reuters by phone.
“As soon as we got the call to prepare the baby, we prepared the baby and got ready for the trip.”
Salama said a few of the babies were with their moms. Some babies are accompanied by relatives, he said. He became a medical professional. In some cases, other relatives signed consent forms for the child’s removal when the mother died or went missing.
Egyptian government footage from the Rafah border crossing showed an incubator being loaded into an ambulance and a doctor connecting an oximeter to the baby’s leg.
8 babies died
Photos of newborns sleeping side by side in beds at Al Shifa Hospital were released eight days ago after incubators were shut down due to a power shortage during Israel’s military offensive on Gaza City. Since then, newborns have been turned off, attracting worldwide attention.
There were 39 babies in Al Shifa when the doctors sounded the alarm. Eight people have died since then.
Doctors say the situation in Al Shifa is poor due to the lack of infection control measures, inadequate sterilization equipment, lack of clean water and medicines, and no way to adjust temperature and humidity to suit individual needs. , said it was very dangerous for them.
According to the World Health Organization, medical care can no longer be provided due to Israeli military operations in al-Shifa and the lack of electricity, water, medicine, and other basic needs.
According to Israel, the war was sparked by Hamas militants who rampaged through southern Israel on October 7, killing 1,200 Israelis, including children and infants, and kidnapping 240 others.
Israel responded with relentless shelling and ground invasion of Gaza. At least 13,000 Palestinians, counting 5,500 children, have been murdered, according to wellbeing authorities within the Hamas-controlled enclave According to the United Nations, three-quarters of Gaza’s residents have been made homeless by the war.
Since November 1, limited evacuations have been carried out through the Rafah crossing, the only entrance to Gaza that does not share a border with Israel, but evacuations have been interrupted several times by Gaza shelling.