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Israel’s war with Hamas separates Palestinian children from their moms

Sufian Taha


Hajar Harb

Upgraded December 28, 2023 at 6:03 p.m. EST|Released November 17, 2023 at 1:00 a.m. EST

A nurse addresses an early child called Saaidah inside an incubator at a healthcare facility in Israel on Wednesday. Saaidah’s moms and dads remain in Gaza. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)

Editor’s Note

An earlier variation of this post about Palestinian moms in Gaza who have actually been separated from their babies mischaracterized some elements of Israeli guidelines for authorizations that enabled some Palestinian ladies, before Oct. 7, to take a trip from Gaza to deliver at health centers in the West Bank and Israel. The short article improperly stated that all Palestinian moms who got permission to leave Gaza for humanitarian factors needed to go back to Gaza to reapply after their authorizations ended. It was not constantly essential for moms to return to Gaza. The post has actually been upgraded to define that it was medical facility authorities who informed 2 Palestinian moms that they required to go back to Gaza to make an application for brand-new authorizations.

The post likewise reported an inaccurate birth weight for one newborn, Mahmoud; he weighed 3 1/2 pounds, not 7 pounds. The post has actually been fixed.

In addition, The Post ignored to look for remark from Israeli authorities for this post, an omission that disappointed The Post’s requirements for fairness. The post has actually been upgraded with a declaration from an Israeli company that carries out policies in Gaza and the West Bank that states the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas militants that eliminated 1,200 Israelis is the main factor that moms and infants stay apart. The short article has actually likewise been upgraded to explain the post-Oct. 7 status of travel allows out of Gaza.

NABLUS, West Bank– The small twins didn’t weep like the other infants did. Their little noises and snuffles were hardly audible above the lilting bleeps of incubators in the neonatal ward. It wasn’t regular, the personnel concurred, however nobody had actually had the ability to reach their mom.

Her telephone number was scrawled on a Post-it note added to the within 3-month-old Muayyed’s plastic cot– so the nurses might keep sending her photos of the infants, might keep calling till somebody got. The silences lasted days, in some cases longer.

“To be separated like that,” a nurse murmured as she smoothed a pink blanket around the sleeping kid, “it’s a dreadful thing.”

When Israel sealed its border with the Gaza Strip after Hamas’s lethal attack on Oct. 7, Muayyed and Mahmoud were amongst numerous lots early children getting care at neonatal wards in Israel and the occupied West Bank. Now, a war that has actually declared the lives of more than 11,000 Gazans and removed whole households has actually likewise parted babies from their moms and dads.

Before the dispute, Palestinians were just enabled to leave Gaza and go into Israel under unique situations,

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