21 Nov 2023

28 premature babies evacuated from Gaza Hospital

From Checkpoint, 6:06 pm on 21 November 2023

28 premature babies have been evacuated from the Gaza Hospital seized by Israeli troops to the safety of Egypt.

Photos show rows of medics at the Rafah Border lifting the fragile new borns who are wearing tiny green hats & nappies into portable incubators and transferring them to Egyptian ambulances.

The babies captured international attention when footage emerged of them lying side by side for body warmth after their incubators stopped working due to a lack of power at Al Shifa hospital.

Israeli troops earlier seized Gaza's biggest hospital, which they claim has a network of tunnels running beneath it containing a Hamas command centre.

The IDF also believes Israeli hostages have been kept there.

Jason Lee is Save the Children's Country Director for the occupied Palestinian territory, he speaks to Lisa Owen.