Two babies starve to death in northern Gaza — Hamas health ministry

Two infants died from dehydration and malnutrition at Kamal Adwan Hospital in Gaza City, says the spokesman for Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry, Ashraf al-Qidra. He warns that infant mortality threatens to surge.

“Dehydration and malnutrition will kill thousands of children and pregnant women in the Gaza Strip,” he says.

The UN Population Fund says the Al Helal Al Emirati maternity hospital in Gaza’s southernmost town of Rafah reported that newborns were dying because mothers were unable to get prenatal or postnatal care.

Premature births are also rising, forcing staff to put four or five newborns in a single incubator. Most of them do not survive, it said, without giving figures on the numbers of deaths.

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