Doctors in Gaza are in a race against time to save the lives of dozens of newborn babies amid reports of heavy fighting between Hamas and Israeli forces around Gaza’s largest hospital.
The infants are in need of urgent care and medical attention. Reports indicate that the intensive care unit at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza has been damaged and that the main generator has been damaged, cutting off a main source of power for the complex.
Doctors are urging both sides to find a way to de-escalate the conflict in the region, so that medical assistance can be brought in to help the infants and their families. In the meantime, they’re scrambling to find a way to keep the infants alive.
The UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, has also called for a ceasefire, warning that the ongoing violence could further exacerbate the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza.
As the conflict continues, doctors are urging both sides to create safe corridors for those who need medical help and to allow aid workers to reach the region. The World Health Organization has also warned that the loss of medical staff and equipment will also have a devastating effect on the delivery of medical services in Gaza.
It is imperative that a political solution is found quickly to end this conflict and provide urgently needed medical assistance to the region.