A baby girl born in Gaza was an orphan before she was even born after she was delivered by caesarean section following the death of her mother.
Doctors rushed to save the baby after her young mother, Hanadi Abu Amsha, was killed in an Israeli air strike, according to reports by Palestinian news outlets.
After the mother succumbed to her wounds, surgeons were able to remove the newborn from her mother’s womb and treat her in an incubator.
The girl is now being cared for in the intensive care unit in Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, located in central Gaza, reports said. The situation in the hospital was recently described by an American doctor as the ‘stuff of nightmares’.
All of the child’s family are presumed dead.
A baby girl (pictured) born in Gaza has been hailed a miracle after she was delivered by caesarean section – but was already an orphan when she took her first breath
Doctors rushed to save the baby (pictured on Monday) after her mother, Hanadi Abu Amsha, was killed in Israeli air strikes, according to reports by Palestinian news outlets
Israeli forces launched an offensive into Gaza in response to the October 7 terror attack carried out by the Hamas terror group, which killed around 1,200 people.
The IDF’s offensive on the small coastal strip has left more than 25,000 dead, according to Palestinian health officials, many of them children.
Estimates suggest 10,000 children – or one in every 150 – has been killed in the war.
Thousands more people are feared dead, lost under the rubble, officials say.
Meanwhile, nearly 20,000 babies have been born in conditions ‘beyond belief’ in Gaza since the start of the Israeli offensive, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said.
Last week, the organisation described the Gaza Strip as ‘the most dangerous place in the world to be a child’ amid the unfolding humanitarian crisis.
Pictures from the hospital on Monday showed the tiny orphaned baby being cared for by nurses.
She is seen inside an incubator and being fed with a bottle, staring out through the glass of the incubator at the photographer.
According to a video report by the Palestinian Wafa News Agency, the baby was brought to the hospital in late December.
It suggested that the mother was killed at the site of a school in Gaza. The MailOnline was not able to independently verify this.
At first, the newborn struggled from a lack of oxygen, the report says, something which was expected due to the death of her mother.
The report adds that authorities have not been able to track down any other relatives of the baby. It is understood that once the baby is nursed back to health, she will be put up for adoption.
During his most recent visit, UNICEF’s deputy executive director Ted Chaiban said the situation in Gaza has gone ‘from catastrophic to near collapse’.
‘This is a war against children. But these truths do not seem to be getting across. Of the nearly 25,000 people who have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the escalation of hostilities, up to 70% are women and children,’ he added.
The girl is now being cared for in the intensive care unit in Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, located in central Gaz (pictured)a. The situation in the hospital was described by an American doctor as the ‘stuff of nightmares’
Pictures from the hospital on Monday show the tiny baby being cared for by nurses
On Monday, the IDF said it had launched a major operation to seize remaining parts of Khan Younis, the main city in the south of the enclave, which is sheltering hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians.
‘Over the past day, IDF troops carried out an extensive operation during which they encircled Khan Younis and deepened the operation in the area,’ the military said.
‘Ground troops engaged in close-quarters combat, directed strikes, and used intelligence to coordinate fire, resulting in the elimination of dozens of terrorists.’
Israeli tanks, advancing west across the crowded city towards the Mediterranean, shut the last road out towards the coast on Tuesday, blocking the escape route for civilians trying to flee southwest towards the Egyptian border, residents said.
‘I am trying to leave for Rafah but the tanks are now very near to the coast and are firing toward the west,’ said Shaban, 45, an electrical engineer with four children.
Speaking to Reuters, he said he still hoped to evacuate his family to the north.
At least 195 Palestinians were killed in the space of 24 hours, raising the documented toll to 25,490, according to Palestinian health officials, who say thousands more dead are feared lost in the rubble.
Palestinian officials said the advancing Israelis had blockaded hospitals, making it impossible to reach the dead and wounded.
Press members hold a demonstration in front of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital to mark the ‘Palestinian Journalist’s Loyalty Day’ in Deir al-Balah, Gaza on December 31, 2023
Pressure from the IDF has mounted on the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, where the orphaned baby is being cared for, in recent days.
Many people inside have begun fleeing for their lives fearing that the facility is no longer a safe haven, according to a report from Al Jazeera.
Witnesses have said civilians have been picked off by unmanned Israeli quadcopters, or drones, shooting anything that moves outside the building.
Israel has long accused Hamas of using hospitals and other civilian facilities as military bases, and thus as human shields – something Hamas denies.
In a report for NPR on January 10, American Dr Seema Jilani said the situation at the hospital was the ‘stuff of nightmares’.
From the hospital, she said there were ‘children lying on the ground, a double amputation on one child, and there are no beds available.
‘There’s not really room or space for us to breathe or think.’
Israeli artillery fires towards targets in the Gaza Strip, as seen from an undisclosed location in Israel, January 23 2024
Israeli Merkava tanks stationed along the southern part of the border with the Gaza Strip near Khan Yunis, as seen from an undisclosed location in Israel, January 23 2024
She told NPR that the hospital is on the brink of collapse, with 500 patients arriving in just one night despite the facility haveing very limited supplies.
Dr Jilani said she had no morphine or portable oxygen to administer to anyone.
‘I’ve always told myself there’s not much we can do in medicine, but we can treat pain and it’s no longer true anymore, so we cannot even offer any comfort here.
‘There is no death with dignity when you’re lying on the ground of an emergency room in Gaza,’ she added.