It’s not possible to move Al-Shifa babies safely, aid organization says

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It’s not possible to move Al-Shifa babies safely, aid organization says


GAZA — The dozens of premature babies currently being treated at Al-Shifa hospital cannot be moved safely, an aid organization has said.

Following the Israeli military reiterating that it has offered to help move the infants to a “safer hospital”, Medical Aid for Palestinians says the movement of critical ill newborns is a “complex and technical process”.

In a statement on Sunday, the aid organization’s CEO, Melanie Ward, cast doubt on Israel’s claims and said she was “deeply concerned by uncritical media reporting”.

“With ambulances unable to reach the hospital, particularly those with the skills and equipment needed to transfer these babies, and no hospital with capacity to receive them, there is no indication of how this can be done safely,” Ward said.

Ward said the “only safe option” to save the newborns is for Israel to “cease its assault and besiegement of Al Shifa, to allow fuel to reach the hospital, and to ensure that the surviving parents of these babies can be reunited with them”. — BBC



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