President Sheikh Mohamed orders medical treatment for 1,000 Palestinian children

Injured to be brought from Gaza with their families

President Sheikh Mohamed ordered the medical treatment of 1,000 Palestinian children in UAE hospitals. Photo: Ministry of Presidential Affairs
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President Sheikh Mohamed has directed that 1,000 Palestinian children be brought to UAE hospitals for medical treatment.

A statement said the injured will be transported from Gaza and accompanied by their families.

The news came shortly after Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mirjana Spoljaric, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) spoke about the need for urgent humanitarian provision.

They discussed the importance of "enabling the safe, unimpeded and sustained delivery of relief and medical aid to civilians in Gaza", state news agency Wam reported.

Thousands of children and adults are in desperate need of medical treatment, many with severe burns and other injuries sustained in Israel's bombardment.

The UAE has condemned Israel's military ground operations in Gaza and called for an immediate ceasefire to protect civilian lives.

At least 195 Palestinians died in Israel's attacks on Gaza's Jabalia refugee camp on Tuesday.

Israel said strikes on the camp, Gaza's biggest, on Tuesday and Wednesday killed two Hamas military leaders.

Hamas said on Thursday that 120 were still missing under the rubble after the bombardment while at least 777 were wounded.

Israel said the group had command centres and other "terror infrastructure under, around and within civilian buildings, intentionally endangering Gazan civilians."

The strikes on the camp could be war crimes, UN human rights officials said.

"Given the high number of civilian casualties and the sale of destruction following Israeli air strikes on Jabalia refugee camp, we have serious concerns that these are disproportionate attacks that could amount to war crimes," the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights wrote on social media site X, formerly Twitter.

The Gaza Health Ministry said at least 8,796 Palestinians in the narrow coastal enclave, including 3,648 children, had been killed by Israeli strikes since October 7.

At least 320 foreign citizens on an initial list of 500, as well as dozens of severely wounded Gazans, crossed into Egypt on Wednesday under a deal among Israel, Egypt and Hamas.

Passport-holders from Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan the UK and the US were among those evacuated.

Gaza border officials said the border crossing would reopen on Thursday so more foreigners could leave.

A diplomatic source said about 7,500 foreign passport holders would leave Gaza over the next two weeks.

Updated: November 02, 2023, 11:28 AM