39 Babies are at Risk of Death at Al-Shifa Hospital if Power Supply is Cut off – Palestinian Health Minister

39 babies are at risk of death at Al-Shifa Hospital. (Photo: via Cradle TW Page)

Palestinian Minister of Health Mai Alkaila said on Saturday that 39 premature babies are at risk of death at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City if the power supply is cut off.

During a press conference in Ramallah, Alkaila told reporters that with the Israeli bombing of al-Shifa Hospital – particularly targeting the fourth floor of the Obstetrics and Gynecology ward and the outpatient clinics – and the cut-off of the power supply to large parts of the hospital, 39 premature babies are at risk of death.

“Targeting hospitals, medical and ambulance personnel in the Gaza Strip, in light of the ongoing Israeli aggression for the 36th day in a row, is a war crime and genocide,” said Alkaila.

She warned that the situation in the hospitals of the Gaza Strip has reached an unprecedented level, with hospitals, medical staff, and ambulances being targeted.

The Health Minister expressed disappointment with international law, international humanitarian law, and international treaties for not protecting the hospital from bombing and the destruction and killing of doctors, patients, the wounded, and displaced civilians.

Israel has, thus far, killed over 11,078 – including 4,506 children and 3,027 women – and wounded 27,409. Palestinian Ministry of Health reports and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.


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