Baby born after mother killed in Israeli war on Gaza

A Palestinian baby girl lies in an incubator after Israeli airstrike kills her mother on July 25, 2014.

The relentless and merciless pounding of the Gaza Strip by Israel has left the Palestinians little cause for celebration and jubilation, yet the birth of baby girl of a mother who had been killed by Israeli shelling can be seen as a symbol of hope and resistance.
The premature baby girl survived the Israeli onslaught after she was born in an emergency Caesarean operation after her mother was killed in an Israeli airstrike.

The 23-year old mother, Shayma al-Sheikh Qanan, was eight months pregnant when an Israeli tank shell hit her home in the central Gaza Strip town of Deir al-Balah, reducing it to rubble.

"Her body was brought in after an Israeli shelling at 3am on Friday. We tried to revive her but she had died on the way," said Fadi al-Kharti, a doctor at Deir al-Balah hospital.

He added that Qanan had been stuck under the rubble of her home for an hour before paramedics managed to dig her out.

"Then we noticed movement in her stomach, and estimated she was about 36 weeks pregnant," Kharti said.

For 43-year-old Mirfat Qanan, it was a tragedy to lose her daughter, but there was joy at becoming a grandmother.

"God has protected this child for me. My daughter Shayma is dead, but I now have a new daughter," she said. "She'll call me 'mummy' just like her mother did."

Though the girl, named Shayma after her mother, defied the Israeli strikes on her home, she still faces the challenges of Israeli fire on hospitals as not even medical facilities are safe from the regime's assaults.      

Shayma weighed five pounds and was said to be in a stable condition in Al Aqsa hospital, which has already been targeted by Israel, on Monday. The four-day girl is currently breathing through an oxygen mask in the hospital's maternity ward.

Head doctor at the maternity ward Abdel Karim al-Bawab said staff were closely monitoring the baby to check her condition and added that she must stay in this state for at least three more weeks.

The Israeli regime is continuing its relentless aerial and ground attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip for the 22nd consecutive day, causing more deaths and destruction.

Palestinian Health Ministry sources say the ongoing Israeli air and ground strikes have left more than 250 children dead across the besieged Gaza Strip over the past three weeks.

The Palestinian death toll from three weeks of Israeli strikes has neared 1,200 while over 6,700 others have been injured in the onslaught.


  • 2 years ago


    Free independent Palestinian state now!

  • 2 years ago


    UNSC falls short of stopping war on Gaza

    A political analyst has criticized the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for its inaction to put an end to Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip, Press TV reports.

    In an interview with Press TV, political commentator from Beirut Redwan Rizk said that the UNSC is not doing enough to stop Israel’s “massacre” in Gaza. 

    “I do not think that the effort is strong enough or that will impose any kind of solution [to end the Gaza war] … because the Israelis now are very stubborn and they are ignoring all kind of condemnation coming from the world,” Rizk added.

    The commentator also criticized certain Arab countries, especially “Saudi Arabia,” for “supporting Israel’s war on Gaza” and said the Tel Aviv regime had the green light from the US and these countries to continue with its aggression against the Palestinians. 

    At least 1,262 people have been killed in the Israeli aggression since July 8. Over 7,000 people have also been injured.

    According to the UN, over 80 percent of the Palestinian fatalities have been civilians, including nearly 300 children.

    In a presidential statement on Monday, the Security Council called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. It expressed "grave concern" about the rising civilian death toll but fell short of condemning Israel’s attacks on Gaza.

    Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Tel Aviv will continue its massive offensive against the besieged Gaza Strip, a new report says.

    According to a report by Israel’s Channel 10 on Tuesday, Netanyahu told US Secretary of State John Kerry that the offensive would go on.

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    Israel shells another UN school in Gaza, kills 20

    Israel has shelled another UN-run school north of the besieged Gaza Strip, killing at least 20 Palestinians.

    According to reports, the Israeli shelling hit Abu Hussein School in Jabalia, located 4 kilometers north of Gaza City early on Wednesday.

    Scores of people also suffered injuries in the deadly attack on the UN-run school, which was used as a shelter by Palestinian families against the Israeli offensive.

    This is the second time in less than a week that the Israeli army is targeting a UN-run school. On July 24, Israeli tank shells slammed into a school in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. Sixteen people were killed and hundreds of people were also wounded in the attack. The school was also used as a shelter for Palestinian families forced to leave their homes due to Israel’s deadly offensive in the enclave.

    Twelve more Palestinians were also killed in separate Israeli attacks on Wednesday.

    Reports say that three mosques were also destroyed in overnight Israeli strikes on the blockaded enclave.

    Since July 8, Israel has been targeting the Gaza Strip with military attacks. The air, sea and land strikes by Israel have so far killed more than 1,260 people and injured thousands of others in the coastal sliver.

    The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, has been launching retaliatory attacks against Israel. Tel Aviv confirms 53 Israeli soldiers have been killed in Gaza war, but Hamas puts the number at around 100.

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    In light of President Benjamin Netanyahu announcement yesterday that "there is no more just war than this" and that Israelis should prepare for a "prolonged" war.

    Israel did not launch this war. Hamas did.

    But the world - led by President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and the American media - has sided with Hamas. And sadly this has sent the wrong message not just to the Hamas terrorists... but to terrorists around the world.

    Betraying our great ally is such a reckless political move by the Obama administration that even Democrats in Congress have rallied around Israel in recent days.

    Support Israel not the Hamas terrorist who hide behind children and launch rockets into Israel.

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