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UNRWA: Over 150,000 pregnant women facing health risks in Gaza

Wednesday 15-May-2024

GAZA, (PIC)

Israel’s war on Gaza is leaving tens of thousands of pregnant women struggling with terrible sanitary conditions and health risks, the UN refugee agency UNRWA warned.

“More than 150,000 pregnant women are facing terrible sanitary conditions and health hazards amid displacement and war,” UNRWA said in a statement.

The UN agency published a photo of a newborn girl in the war-torn enclave.

“Habiba was born in a small tent. She’s 2 weeks old and less than 2 kg of weight,” it said. “No child in the world should suffer like this.”

According to UNICEF, 95 percent of pregnant and breastfeeding women face severe food poverty in the war-torn Gaza Strip.

The United Nations Population Fund has recently reported that urgent aid packages containing materials for childbirth are still waiting for permission to enter through the Rafah crossing.

The death toll of the Israeli aggression on the Strip since October 7 has risen to 35,091. Over 78,827 people have been wounded.

The situation for women in Gaza is particularly dire, as they represent one of the main categories of those killed, wounded, and missing.

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