Twenty-eight premature babies transferred to Egypt from Gaza

Cairo, Nov 20, (dpa/GNA) – Twenty-eight premature babies, have been transferred to Egypt from the Gaza Strip, to be taken to hospitals in Cairo and North Sinai, Al-Qahera News television reported.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said ambulances, departed on Monday from Gaza’s Emirati Hospital, carrying 28 premature infants to the Rafah crossing.

Footage on Al-Qahera News, showed each baby transferred into an incubator, then into an Egyptian ambulance. Minister of Health Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar oversaw the process.

On Sunday, 31 premature infants were taken from the besieged al-Shifa Hospital in northern Gaza, and to the Emirati hospital in the southern part of the enclave, after two babies died before the evacuation.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), doctors in Gaza said all the babies are fighting serious infections, due to lack of medical supplies, and several were in critical condition.

None of the infants were accompanied by relatives, as the Palestinian Ministry of Health could not find close family members, WHO added.