Video: 'We are humans too!' 20-year-old Palestinian mom reunited with her premature baby girls in Egypt

Ahram Online , Saturday 9 Dec 2023

Susan, a 20-year-old mother from Gaza, was reunited with her premature twin baby girls in a hospital in Egypt on Thursday - almost two months after she last saw them at Al-Shifa hospital before the Israeli army bombed it out of service.

A snapshot of Susan with her premature twin baby girls in a hospital in Egypt.

The twin baby girls were among 28 premature babies who were evacuated on 28 November from Al-Shifa Medical Complex - the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip which was besieged, bombed then ransacked by the Israeli army - and received in Egypt.

On Saturday, in a video posted on the X account of the World Health Organization regional office for the Eastern Mediterranean, Susan is seen looking with love at her girls as they are being fed and warmly taken care of by Egyptian medical staff.

Later, sobbing, she said: "This war has to end!"

More than 50,000 Palestinian women in Gaza are pregnant.

Many of these mothers have delivered their babies to this world without anaesthesia - due to the Israeli blockade on medical supplies to the strip - only to be welcomed by the sounds of Israeli bombs.

On Saturday, the Palestinian health ministry in Gaza said Saturday that the death toll in Israel's war on the strip had risen to at least 17,700 and the number of wounded more than 42,000 - mostly women and children.

Also today, UNICEF issued a new plea for a lasting ceasefire in the Gaza war to save Palestinian children from deaths and injuries.

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