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Doctors save baby in Gaza from womb of mother killed in Israeli airstrike

Jamie Roberts By Jamie Roberts May17,2024
Key Points
  • The baby weighed 1.4kg and was delivered by an emergency C-section.
  • She will remain in hospital for three to four weeks.
  • An Israeli military spokesperson said various militant targets were struck in Gaza.
A baby girl was delivered from the womb of a Palestinian woman killed along with her husband and daughter by an Israeli attack in the Gaza city of Rafah, where 19 people died overnight in intensified strikes, Palestinian health officials said.
The dead, killed in hits on two houses, included 13 children from one family, they said.

The baby, weighing 1.4kg and delivered in an emergency C-section, was stable and improving gradually, said Mohammed Salama, a doctor caring for her.

Her mother, Sabreen Al-Sakani, had been 30 weeks pregnant.
The baby was placed in an incubator in a Rafah hospital alongside another infant.
Sakani’s young daughter Malak, who was killed in the strike, had wanted to name her new sister Rouh, meaning spirit in Arabic, said her uncle Rami Al-Sheikh.

“The little girl Malak was happy that her sister was coming to the world,” he said.

The baby would stay in hospital for three to four weeks, said Salama, the doctor. “After that, we will see about her leaving, and where this child will go, to the family, to the aunt or uncle or grandparents. Here is the biggest tragedy. Even if this child survives, she was born an orphan,” he said.

The 13 children were killed in a strike on the second home, belonging to the Abdel Aal family, according to Palestinian health officials.

People standing surrounded by rubble.

Palestinians inspect a destroyed house following an Israeli airstrike. Source: Getty / Abed Rahim Khatib/Picture Alliance

Two women were also killed in that strike.

Asked about the casualties in Rafah, an Israeli military spokesperson said various militant targets were struck in Gaza including military compounds, launch posts and armed people.

“Did you see one man in all of those killed?” said Saqr Abdel Aal, a Palestinian man whose family were among the dead, grieving over the body of a child in a white shroud.

“All are women and children,” he said. “My entire identity has been wiped out, with my wife, children and everyone.”
Mohammad al-Behairi said his daughter and grandchild were still under the rubble.

“It’s a feeling of sadness, depression, we have nothing left in this life to cry for, what feeling shall we have? When you lose your children, when you lose the closest of your loved ones, how will your feeling be?” he said.

Jamie Roberts

By Jamie Roberts

Jamie is an award-winning investigative journalist with a focus on uncovering corruption and advocating for social justice. With over a decade of experience in the field, Jamie's work has been instrumental in bringing about positive change in various communities.

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2 thoughts on “Doctors save baby in Gaza from womb of mother killed in Israeli airstrike”
  1. It’s heartbreaking to see such innocent lives lost in the midst of conflict. I admire the doctors’ efforts in saving the newborn baby and hope she receives the love and care she deserves in this difficult situation.

  2. It’s heart-wrenching to read about the devastating impact of the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. The courage and dedication of the doctors in saving this baby girl are truly commendable. My heart goes out to all those affected by this senseless violence.

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