More than 150 injured children will be transferred from Gaza to the United Arab Emirates for treatment
The Ministry of Health in Gaza, affiliated with the Hamas movement, announced that 155 injured children would be transferred on Friday from the Strip to the United Arab Emirates to receive treatment. The ministry said in a statement, which included a list of the names of 155 children: “We wish our wounded a speedy recovery and safety.”
Children will have to come to the Rafah crossing with a companion registered in the hospital, according to the ministry, which does not specify the age of the patients, the type of injuries they suffer from, or the medical centers in which they will be present. They will be taken to the border crossing with Egypt, from where they are supposed to fly to the Gulf country.
This comes after Emirati President Mohammed bin Zayed announced last Monday that he would build “in several stages” an Emirati field hospital inside the Gaza Strip, in a measure designed to reduce the burden on the few medical centers that are still operating in the Palestinian Strip. According to the official Emirates News Agency (WAM), the hospital will have a capacity of 150 beds, and will include departments of general surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics and gynecology, as well as anesthesia and intensive care units. It will also have clinics for internal medicine, psychiatry, and family medicine, in addition to a laboratory and pharmacy.
In recent weeks, hospitals in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula received wounded Palestinians whose transfer from Gaza was coordinated in parallel with the evacuation of foreign citizens and Gazans who hold dual citizenship. The information about the transfer of injured children to the Emirates today coincides with a “selective operation” by the Israeli army in the most important Shifa Hospital in the Strip, which has run out of electricity, drinking water, and food for several days and is housing about 3,000 people, including displaced people, medical workers, and patients.
The situation in Shifa exacerbates the health crisis in the enclave, especially in the north, where according to the United Nations there is only one functioning hospital left. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid reported that “all hospitals in Gaza City (north) and northern Gaza are out of service due to a lack of electricity, medical supplies, oxygen, food and water, in addition to shelling and clashes in the surrounding areas.” This Tuesday. At least 22 out of 35 hospitals in the sector are out of service.
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