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180 women giving birth in Gaza each day under ‘inhumane conditions’

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has said that 180 women are giving birth in Gaza under “dangerous and inhumane conditions” every day.

“Many of them are unable to reach hospitals due to being in besieged areas, with the Israeli forces preventing ambulances 🚑from reaching them,” PRCS said in a social media post on Saturday.

In a video posted by the group, a doctor attempts to assist a woman through birth by giving her instructions over the phone.

Only six ambulances are left functioning in the entire Gaza Strip, the Palestinian health ministry said on Saturday.

According to the Gaza authorities, at least 121 ambulances have been destroyed by Israeli forces since the bombing started on 7 October.

“The occupation is still targeting health personnel through bombings and arrests,” the health ministry said in a statement.

“We are still struggling to operate some essential services, including intensive care units and nurseries,” it added.

135 Palestinians have been killed and 312 wounded in 24 hours, according to the health ministry in Gaza. An overnight Israeli army attack on a house in Rafah killed 14 Palestinians, including a two-year-old girl.

At least 23,843 people have been killed and more than 60,317 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7.

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