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Gaza hospital doctor says nearly 10 babies at risk of dying soon over fuel shortages

A doctor at a hospital in the Gaza Strip warned Monday that nearly 10 babies in their neonatal unit will soon be dead if the facility runs out of fuel in about two days due to shortages. 

Dr. Hatem Edhair made the claim to The Associated Press as Hamas continues to refuse an offer by Israel to end its widespread blockade of fuel and other humanitarian supplies from entering Gaza if the Palestinian terrorist group releases the more than 200 hostages it is believed to have taken. 

Edhair said there are eight babies in the intensive care unit and 10 others in the neonatal department at Nasser Hospital in the city of Khan Younis, which is expected to run out of fuel within 48 hours. 

“Half of these children are on CPAP (pressurized air) machines and oxygen machines,” he said Monday. “If the hospital runs out of fuel, half of these babies will die in less than 24 hours.” 

 

“Civilians are not to blame and should not suffer for Hamas’s horrific terrorism. Civilian lives must be protected and assistance must urgently reach those in need,” the White House’s statement added. “We will continue to work closely with partners in the region to stress the importance of upholding the law of war, supporting those who are trying to get to safety or provide assistance, and facilitating access to food, water, medical care, and shelter.” 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Greg Norman is a reporter at Fox News Digital.

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