Fractured Spine

Posted By: Aditya Gogoi Posted On: Nov 18, 2023
5,000 children are among Gaza's dead, according to the health ministry in the Hamas-run territory (File)

5,000 children are among Gaza's dead, according to the health ministry in the Hamas-run territory (File)

Clutching a blown-up surgical glove as a makeshift toy, a Palestinian child is stretchered onto a plane to Abu Dhabi -- one of the Gaza war's first evacuees to the United Arab Emirates for urgent medical treatment.

In the dead of night at Egypt's El Arish airport, near the Rafah border crossing from Gaza, the child is carried carefully from the back of one of six yellow ambulances waiting near the runway, blue lights flashing.

A hydraulic platform lifts the wheeled stretchers into the back of a plane until eight children in various stages of injury and distress, some accompanied by relatives, are aboard.

These are the lucky ones, spirited away from the dangers and trauma of the Israel-Hamas war to quiet, well-equipped hospitals in Abu Dhabi, capital of the oil-rich UAE.

After Hamas gunmen attacked Israel on October 7 and killed 1,200 people, according to Israeli officials, Israel vowed to destroy the militants and has hit back with a punishing air and ground offensive that has left 12,000 dead in the Gaza Strip, according to Hamas.

Five thousand children are among Gaza's dead, according to the health ministry in the Hamas-run territory -- an average of about 122 a day -- and 30,000 people have been wounded.

The initial group of evacuated children, who arrived in Abu Dhabi early on Saturday, are the first of an expected 1,000 who will be airlifted to the UAE for medical help.

Among the children, one has a fractured spine and another a broken leg. Others have burns, and one needs urgent treatment for cancer.

Two more with severe injuries did not board and were expected to join the next flight. The humanitarian airlifts for children could now happen daily, an aid official told AFP.

"We would like to carry out daily evacuations because there are injured people, hospitals out of service, and a shortage of medicines," said Mohammed Al Kaabi from the Emirates Red Crescent humanitarian organisation, describing the situation in Gaza as "catastrophic".

God willing, during the next week we will have evacuated whomever we can, because time is precious and there are lives we are losing.

On arrival in the morning light of Abu Dhabi, one boy with a braced and bandaged leg, and a weary expression on his face, flashes two fingers in a "Victory" sign as he is carried to a waiting white ambulance.

Another young boy aged about three, clutching a white bottle of milk and with his right leg in a bandage, cries as he is pushed across the tarmac in a wheelchair.

The airlifts are among a number of humanitarian initiatives by the UAE, which is one of the few Arab states to recognise Israel and is at pains to show solidarity with the Palestinians.

The UAE has sent 51 planes carrying 1,400 tonnes of food and relief supplies as part of a $20 million aid package, a foreign ministry statement said.

Gaza's hospitals, already poorly equipped, have been running out of basic supplies and are largely unable to cope with the huge numbers of injuries during the ongoing war.

Promoted

On Saturday, hundreds of people fled on foot after Israel ordered the evacuation of Gaza's main hospital, Al-Shifa, where it is searching for the Hamas operations center it says lies underneath.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Source: NDTV
Related Posts:

Comment on Post

Leave a comment

If you have a News HTS user account, your address will be used to display your profile picture.

POPULAR News

icon
Bussiness She moved to the US from India at a tender age of 11. She was just 15 when she launched her technology startup. She now employs 10 people in her firm, valued at a whopping ₹100 crore. This is the life story of Pranjali Awasthi, the 16-year-old Indian protégé who has proved age is merely a number when it comes to entrepreneurship.
icon
Bussiness Bengaluru: As part of its pre-Series B funding round, elder care platform Age Care Labs has raised $11 million in fresh capital from fintech unicorn Zerodha's investment arm Rainmatter Capital and proptech investment firm Gruhas. Bengaluru: As part of its pre-Series B funding round, elder care platform Age Care Labs has raised $11 million in fresh capital from fintech unicorn Zerodha's investment arm Rainmatter Capital and proptech investment firm Gruhas.
icon
World The United States warned against any "escalation" in the Middle East in the wake of Israel's war with Hamas, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Sunday, hours after the Pentagon moved to step up military readiness in the region. The United States warned against any "escalation" in the Middle East in the wake of Israel's war with Hamas, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Sunday, hours after the Pentagon moved to step up military readiness in the region.
icon
Sports Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu's journey came to an end at the Denmark Open Super 750 tournament in Odense on Saturday. Sindhu, who has not been at her best in recent outings, endured a tough 18-21, 21-19, 7-21 defeat against Spain's Carolina Marin in the semifinals.
icon
Latest News The Pakistan Cricket Board puts an end to rumours of alleged discord and infighting in the cricket team which is currently competing in the ODI World Cup in India. Pakistan started the campaign on a high with a couple of wins but their campaign witnessed a drop with defeats in the last two matches. After Pakistan's underwhelming performances, and the reports of internal discord on the side went viral.
icon
Latest News Samantha shared this image. (courtesy: samantharuthprabhuoffl Samantha shared this image. (courtesy: samantharuthprabhuoffl Samantha shared this image. (courtesy: samantharuthprabhuoffl Samantha shared this image. (courtesy: samantharuthprabhuoffl Samantha shared this image. (courtesy: samantharuthprabhuoffl
icon
Technology Chinese e-commerce platforms including JD.com, PDD Holdings' Pinduoduo and Alibaba's Taobao are offering big discounts on Apple's latest iPhone 15, with some going for up to 1,501 yuan ($205.14) below the retail price. Chinese e-commerce platforms including JD.com, PDD Holdings' Pinduoduo and Alibaba's Taobao are offering big discounts on Apple's latest iPhone 15, with some going for up to 1,501 yuan ($205.14) below the retail price.
icon
Latest News Many people turn to social media as a platform for voicing their grievances with companies. A passenger flying with Ryanair, also took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to share a complaint, however the response he received from the airline has left many people in splits.
icon
Latest News This was India's third gold in women's kabaddi which was introduced in the 2010 Asian Games. This was India's third gold in women's kabaddi which was introduced in the 2010 Asian Games. This was India's third gold in women's kabaddi which was introduced in the 2010 Asian Games.
icon
Latest News Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India. Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India. Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India. Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India. Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India.
icon
Latest News
icon
World Hostages remain an important political currency for the Hamas. Hostages remain an important political currency for the Hamas. Hostages remain an important political currency for the Hamas. Hostages remain an important political currency for the Hamas.
icon
Technology YouTube on Monday said it did not detect materials related to child sexual abuse on its platform despite multiple probes and also has not received evidence of such content on the video streaming platform from regulators. YouTube on Monday said it did not detect materials related to child sexual abuse on its platform despite multiple probes and also has not received evidence of such content on the video streaming platform from regulators.
icon
World Canadian police are searching for a suspect after three temples were robbed on Sunday. Canadian police are searching for a suspect after three temples were robbed on Sunday. Canadian police are searching for a suspect after three temples were robbed on Sunday.
icon
Latest News In a fur-tastic twist, a cat recently showed a heartwarming - and a tad bit hilarious - exception to the common cat-and-dog rivalry. How? The cat got very protective while hugging a dog and became angry with its human who tried to pet the pooch. In a fur-tastic twist, a cat recently showed a heartwarming - and a tad bit hilarious - exception to the common cat-and-dog rivalry. How? The cat got very protective while hugging a dog and became angry with its human who tried to pet the pooch.
icon
World Israel has formed an emergency government to conduct war against Hamas, five days after the group's fighters killed civilians in their homes and on the streets in an unprecedented assault on Israeli soil. Israel has formed an emergency government to conduct war against Hamas, five days after the group's fighters killed civilians in their homes and on the streets in an unprecedented assault on Israeli soil.
icon
Latest News Delhi High Court directed both platforms to refrain from using each other's copyrighted material Delhi High Court directed both platforms to refrain from using each other's copyrighted material Delhi High Court directed both platforms to refrain from using each other's copyrighted material
icon
World Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday thanked US Secretary of State Antony Blinken for United States' support to the country in the war against terror group Hamas saying that his visit is a tangible example of America's unequivocal support in the time where they should stand tall, proud and united against the sheer evil.
icon
Latest News Ultra-luxury brands "play you," according to Nikhil Kamath. Ultra-luxury brands "play you," according to Nikhil Kamath. Ultra-luxury brands "play you," according to Nikhil Kamath. Ultra-luxury brands "play you," according to Nikhil Kamath. Ultra-luxury brands "play you," according to Nikhil Kamath.
icon
Life Style In a world where traditional work norms and relentless work hours have been the norm, a new trend is emerging that challenges these conventions and is poised to reshape India's workforce. Dubbed the “lazy girl job,” this trend champions work-life balance, defying the old paradigm of relentless work hours and potential burnouts. It has the potential to not only change the way we work but also transform gender inclusion and the gig economy.
icon
Latest News Humans of Bombay (HOB) recently filed a case in Delhi High Court against People of India (POI) over protecting their intellectual property. The platform's founder Karishma Mehta has now taken to Instagram to address the controversy around the case and also inform that the court has ‘upheld their contentions'.
icon
Latest News A video capturing impatient passengers rushing to enter a train through a narrow opening of the door, each vying for a coveted spot inside, was shared online. The video was posted on Reddit with a caption that reads, “Automatic door in Mumbai trains.” The clip shows how the passengers hurled themselves through the half-open doors.
icon
World Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday alleged babies were murdered and burned by Hamas terrorists during their onslaught against Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday alleged babies were murdered and burned by Hamas terrorists during their onslaught against Israel.
icon
World The social media post was made amid a controversy over Israel's claims of Hamas beheading babies. The social media post was made amid a controversy over Israel's claims of Hamas beheading babies. The social media post was made amid a controversy over Israel's claims of Hamas beheading babies.
icon
World Darryl George,18, a black junior student at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas was suspended from his school over his dreadlocks hairstyle. Darryl George,18, a black junior student at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas was suspended from his school over his dreadlocks hairstyle.