The emergency department of Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital takes in between 25-50 pregnant women per day.
As the emergency department of the al-Shifa hospital becomes increasingly overcrowded, a steady stream of pregnant Palestinian women is arriving in a building tucked behind the main hospital. Receiving between 25 to 50 women per day they are now having to redirect medical supplies to the intensive care unit.
Among the women is 28-year-old Hanan al-Mahessn. On the second day of the air strikes, her neighbour’s home was hit and destroyed. “I started to feel sick. Then the bleeding started,” she told Al Jazeera. Hanan was rushed to the hospital and lost three pints of blood. After going into surgery, her baby was delivered, but had died in the womb. The doctors made the decision to tell her that her little girl was in a special care unit as they felt she was too ill to receive the news. A day later she learnt the truth.
"My children are used to this war. They have grown up with the sound of bombs," said Mariam Guneed, 39, a mother of eight. "We must have many children here, because we lose so many in the wars," Mariam reflects as she returns to her room to sit and await the birth of her ninth child.
Less than a few kilometres from Shifa is the al-Awda hospital in the Jabalaya refugee camp of Gaza, one of the poorest areas of the city. At just 30 minutes old Nisreen has been born into a country under siege. The sounds of Israeli drones and bombardments can be heard above and the all too familiar whoosh of a Hamas rocket breaks the silence of the city. In a few days time, she will leave the hospital with her mother into an area which has suffered a large number of Israeli air strikes.
International Space Station astronaut Alexander Gerst has posted his “saddest photo yet.” From all the way up in the thermosphere, ISS personnel orbiting 200 miles over the Middle East can see bombs and missiles exploding in Gaza and Israel as the two sides go to war.
1-A Palestinian man mourns his father, who medics said was killed by Israeli shelling, at a hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.
2-A Palestinian medic carries a girl, who doctors say was wounded by Israeli shelling, at a hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.The charity Save the Children has estimated that one in five people being killed and almost a third of the Palestinians injured are children.
3-On Wednesday Israeli tank fire killed five people, including two children, in southern Gaza according to emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra.4-A Palestinian man, who medics said was wounded by Israeli shelling, raises his finger as he is brought to a hospital in Gaza City.5-Displaced Palestinians sleep on the floor inside Gaza City’s Greek Orthodox church. Around 600 people, mostly women and children, are sheltering in the church compound in the old part of Gaza City, after escaping the inferno of neighbouring areas like Shejaiya.7-A Palestinian firefighter walks amidst the rubble of a house which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City.8-Palestinian children sit in a car boot as they flee their family homes following heavy Israeli shelling during an Israeli ground offensive east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip.
The moment when he realizes he will never see his little princess, the moment in which his life no longer makes sense … in Gaza … July 23, 2014
Inside Gaza: Raw and heartbreaking photo’s from Carolyn Cole.
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I asked my mother who are you more angry at?? Egypt or Israel?
She told me this
A thief stole my house by force, he kept pushing me until he trapped me in the last room of the house, he didn’t allow me to drink or eat for a long while and now he’s trying to burn the last room while i am inside. my room has 2 doors, behind one stands the thief but behind the other stands my sister. The thief is doing his best to kill me, destroy my room and burn it, i am resisting and trying to stay alive; i ask my sister to open the other door for me and save my life, she refuses, she likes the thief, he has money and power.
If you were in my place who would you hate more the thief or your sister?
even the flowers seem to be
bending at their necks as if each to
say ‘I am sadder than most,
pick me, pick me.’