Two of the 33 premature babies who were ordered to be removed from al-Shifa hospital in Gaza have died during the night before transporting themas announced today by World Health Organization (WHO).

The initial forecast was that 33 premature infants who were in al-Shifa would be removed on Sunday from the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip.

“Unfortunately, … two of these prematures died during that night due to insufficient care,” Christian Lindmeier, a WHO spokesman, told a regular press briefing in Geneva.

Of the 33 premature babies, three are still in the Emirates Hospital in southern Gaza, according to James Elder, a Unicef ​​spokesman.

Another 28 also arrived in Egypt yesterday, Monday, through the Rafah crossing, the only exit from Gaza not controlled by Israel. The babies arrived from Al Shifa Hospital on Sunday and were transferred to the Emirates Hospital before leaving the Palestinian enclave.

Speaking via video link from Cairo, the Unicef ​​spokesman said 20 of the 28 babies taken to Egypt were traveling without their mothers.

“Seven mothers with eight babies,” he said, clarifying that two of them were twins.

The Israeli military said it “helped facilitate” the transfer of the babies from al-Shifa on Sunday.

The Israeli army, which is fighting Hamas in the Gaza Strip, last week launched a raid on al-Shifa, claiming that the Islamist group had a base there, which it denies.