Humanitarian evacuation of pregnant women and premature babies from Gaza is needed
Labour’s Senator Rebecca Moynihan has called for a humanitarian evacuation of pregnant women and premature babies from Gaza.
“We have all been watching in horror at the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza. Fuel, water and electricity are running out, and the health system is on the brink of collapse.
“We need urgent humanitarian intervention. According to the UN there are 130 premature infants dependent on incubators, which require electricity, in Gaza hospitals.
“In addition, an estimated 50,000 pregnant women in Gaza are caught up in the conflict, with 5,500 due to deliver within the next 30 days. These women are facing extreme challenges in accessing safe delivery services, as hospitals are overwhelmed with patients and running out of medicines and basic supplies – including for the management of obstetric emergencies.
“We have called for a ceasefire but we need an immediate humanitarian evacuation of pregnant women and premature babies from Gaza.
“The Irish Government needs to work together with EU colleagues to ensure a humanitarian response to this horrific situation.”