Baby Girl Born from Womb of Mother Fatally Injured in Israeli Airstrike on Gaza

A newborn Palestinian girl survives after her pregnant mother, father, and sister are killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza. The tragic incident highlights the devastating impact of the conflict on civilians, especially women and children.

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Muthana Al-Najjar
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Baby Girl Born from Womb of Mother Fatally Injured in Israeli Airstrike on Gaza

Baby Girl Born from Womb of Mother Fatally Injured in Israeli Airstrike on Gaza

A baby girl has been safely delivered from the womb of a Palestinian woman killed alongside her husband and daughter in an Israeli offensive in the Gaza city of Rafah. The baby, weighing 1.4 kg, was delivered in an emergency C-section and is stable and improving gradually.

The baby's mother, Sabreen Al-Sakani, had been 30 weeks pregnant when the airstrike hit their home on April 22, 2024. Sabreen, her husband, and their 4-year-old daughter Malak were all fatally injured in the attack. Emergency responders performed the surgical procedure to save the baby, who was found near death but survived.

The newborn, named Sabreen after her late mother, was placed in an incubator in a Rafah hospital alongside another infant, with the words 'The baby of the martyr Sabreen Al-Sakani' written on tape across her chest. Doctors describe her as a "premature orphan girl" and say that even if she survives, she was born an orphan.

Why this matters: The incident highlights the devastating impact of the ongoing conflict in Gaza on civilians, particularly children and women. At least two-thirds of the over 34,000 Palestinians who lost their lives in Gaza since the war began have been children and women, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

Sabreen's paternal grandmother, Ahalam al-Kurdi, has vowed to care for the baby. "She is my love, my soul, a piece of my heart, and a memory of my son," al-Kurdi said of her newborn granddaughter. The offensive that claimed the lives of Sabreen's family also resulted in the deaths of a total of 19 people, including 13 children from one extended family in Rafah.

Key Takeaways

  • Baby girl safely delivered from Palestinian woman killed in Gaza airstrike.
  • Baby weighs 1.4 kg, stable and improving, named after late mother Sabreen.
  • Sabreen, her husband, and 4-year-old daughter Malak killed in the attack.
  • Conflict in Gaza has claimed lives of over 34,000 Palestinians, mostly children and women.
  • Sabreen's grandmother vows to care for the newborn "orphan girl".