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150,000 Pregnant Women in Gaza Face Severe Health Risks

Tue 14 May 2024 | 10:50 PM
By Ahmad El-Assasy

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has issued a stark warning about the dire health conditions facing over 150,000 pregnant women in Gaza, particularly with the ongoing displacement from Rafah. 

UNRWA expressed this concern through a post on the social media platform X, emphasizing that "no child in the world should endure such suffering" and calling for an immediate ceasefire.

UNRWA's statement condemned the deteriorating humanitarian situation, describing it as "a new level of despair unfolding under the world’s watch," as Palestinians are forced to flee once again, moving from Rafah towards Khan Younis due to the continuous Israeli attacks on the territory since October 7.

Previously, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported that 95% of pregnant or breastfeeding women are facing severe nutritional deficiencies. Additionally, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) noted that 62 packages of maternal health supplies are awaiting permission to enter through the Rafah crossing.

Medical sources in Gaza reported on Monday that the toll from the ongoing Israeli aggression since October 7 has risen to 35,091 deaths and more than 78,827 injuries, with the final count expected to rise as thousands of victims remain trapped under rubble or on the streets, unreachable by emergency and civil defense teams.