Baby Girl Delivered from Mother Killed in Israeli Attack in Gaza

Tragic story of a baby girl born from the womb of her slain mother in Gaza, highlighting the devastating toll of the conflict on Palestinian civilians, especially women and children.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Baby Girl Delivered from Mother Killed in Israeli Attack in Gaza

Baby Girl Delivered from Mother Killed in Israeli Attack in Gaza

On April 22, 2024, a baby girl was delivered via emergency C-section from her mother, Sabreen Al-Sakani, who was killed along with her husband and daughter in an Israeli attack in the Gaza city of Rafah. The baby, weighing 1.4 kg, was stable and improving gradually, according to the doctor caring for her at a Rafah hospital.

Sabreen, who was 30 weeks pregnant, died when her home was hit by an Israeli airstrike shortly before midnight. The attack also killed her husband, Shokri Ahmed Joudeh, their 3-year-old daughter Malak, and 13 children from another family. In total, the overnight Israeli strikes killed 19 people in Rafah.

The baby was placed in an incubator with the words 'The baby of the martyr Sabreen Al-Sakani' written on tape across her chest. Sabreen's sister, Malak, had wanted to name the baby Rouh, meaning 'spirit' in Arabic. Doctors said the baby will remain in the hospital for 3-4 weeks, and it is unclear where she will go after that, as she was born an orphan.

Why this matters: The tragic incident highlights the devastating toll of the ongoing conflict in Gaza on Palestinian civilians, especially children and women. According to the Palestinian health ministry, Israeli military strikes have killed over 34,000 Palestinians across the Gaza Strip since the war began in October 2023, with at least two-thirds of those killed being children and women.

The Israeli military claimed they had struck "various militant targets" in Gaza, but Palestinians disputed this, stating that all the victims were women and children. The attack has led to a significant increase in Palestinian casualties, with the Palestinian Civil Emergency Service reporting around 2,000 missing persons still under rubble in Khan Younis and 1,000 in central areas of the Gaza Strip. President Biden has urged Israel to avoid a large-scale offensive in Rafah to prevent more civilian deaths as over half of Gaza's 2.3 million people are now crowded into the city seeking shelter from the Israeli assault.

Key Takeaways

  • Baby girl born via emergency C-section after mother killed in Israeli attack in Gaza.
  • Attack killed mother, father, 3-year-old daughter, and 13 other children in Rafah.
  • Baby placed in incubator, named Rouh by aunt, remains in hospital as orphan.
  • Israeli strikes have killed over 34,000 Palestinians in Gaza since October 2023.
  • Biden urges Israel to avoid large-scale offensive in Rafah to prevent more civilian deaths.