The Palestinian Red Crescent Society announced that 31 newborns were evacuated from the Al-Sifah hospital in northern Gaza.

PCRS said in a brief statement on Sunday that its ambulance crews, working alongside the World Health Organization and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), “managed to evacuate 31 premature babies from Al Shifa Hospital.” .

“They were transported by Red Crescent ambulances to the south in preparation for their transfer to Emirates Hospital in Rafah,” the statement said.

The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry confirmed the evacuation.

Dr. Medhet Abbas, a spokesman for the ministry, told CNN that “30 premature babies were removed from Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza by the United Nations team.”

It is not clear why the ministry’s number differed from that given by PCRS. The WHO earlier said there were 32 babies left in Al-Shifa.