Hope at last for the babies born into war: 28 premature newborns evacuated from Al Shifa hospital are wrapped up in hats and blankets as they are transferred from Gaza warzone to Egypt
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
Twenty-eight premature babies evacuated from Al Shifa hospital were wrapped up in hats and blankets as they were transferred from the Gaza warzone to Egypt today.
The tiny newborns, with bright blue woolly hats placed on their small heads, were carefully placed on stretchers before being put in an ambulance heading away from the bombs and carnage of Gaza.
The newborns, who weigh less than 3.3 pounds (1.5kg) each and in some cases only 800 grams, were evacuated on Sunday from the Al Shifa hospital, which the World Health Organization has described as a ‘death zone’ as Israel seeks to uncover what it says are Hamas bases in tunnels underneath the facility.
The babies, wrapped in warm blankets, were taken on Sunday to a hospital in Rafah in southern Gaza so their condition could be stabilised ahead of transfer to Egypt.
An initial 31 babies in ‘extremely critical condition’ were reported evacuated from Al-Shifa to another Gaza clinic.
The WHO said that three of the premature babies had been left behind in Emarati hospital in Rafah to receive further treatment.
‘The 28 babies have now safely arrived in Egypt. Three babies still remain at the Emarati Hospital and continue to receive treatment,’ a WHO spokesperson said in an emailed response to Reuters.
Asked about the babies’ condition, he said: ‘All babies are fighting serious infections and continue needing health care.’