The head of the Turkish Presidency’s Communications Department, Fahrettin Altun, on Saturday appealed to the international community to join hands to save the children of the Palestinian Gaza Strip, in light of the power outage from Al-Shifa Hospital, which poses a threat to the lives of infants there.
Through the “X” platform, Altun shared the hashtag (#LetGazaBabiesLive), “Let the children of Gaza live.”
He pointed to the catastrophic conditions to which children in Gaza are exposed, in light of the power outages and the loss of infant formula.
He said: “We are watching the humanitarian crisis that children in Gaza are experiencing before our eyes. The lack of energy, clean water, and the lack of food.”
He added: “Our President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is leading very intense diplomacy to find a solution to this humanitarian crisis that the people of Gaza are suffering from.”
He continued: “We stand with the people of Gaza and call on the international community to come together. There is an urgent need for medical and humanitarian aid.”
Altun accompanied his post with a video clip of Dr. Fadia Malhis in the maternity ward at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza, explaining to the world in front of incubators the catastrophic situation that infants and premature infants may face in the hospital as a result of the electricity and food crises.
The Palestinian doctor points out that they are running out of medicine and food, and are unable to heat the hospital properly due to the power outage, which “if not available, infants may lose their lives within 8 hours.”
For the fifteenth day, the Israeli army continues to target the Gaza Strip with intense air strikes that destroyed entire neighborhoods and killed and wounded thousands of Palestinian civilians.
Israel continues to launch intensive raids on Gaza, which has been under an siege since October 7, and the Israeli army has cut off food, water, medicine, and fuel, which has exacerbated the deteriorating humanitarian situation, with the Ministry of Health in Gaza announcing that 7 hospitals and 21 health centers have been out of service in the Strip.
At dawn on October 7, the Hamas movement and other Palestinian factions in Gaza launched Operation “Al-Aqsa Flood” in response to “the continuing attacks by Israeli forces and settlers against the Palestinian people, their property, and their sanctities, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem.”
On the other hand, the Israeli army launched a war on the Strip, which is inhabited by more than two million Palestinians who suffer from deteriorating living conditions as a result of an ongoing Israeli siege since 2006.