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Report: Palestinian baby delivered at Itamar settlement

March 18, 2011 5:01 A.M. (Updated: March 20, 2011 12:04 A.M.)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces and paramedics saved the life of a Palestinian woman and her newly born infant Wednesday, at the settlement where five members of a family were murdered, news reports said.

The illegal settlement of Itamar was the site of a brutal murder Friday during which five members of the same family were killed, including three children. Israeli officials have blamed Palestinians for the attack.

But on Wednesday, paramedics told the Israeli news site Ynet that a Palestinian taxi arrived at the settlement with a woman giving birth but facing complications.

"When I arrived, I saw a woman covered by a blanket in a yellow Palestinian van. I moved closer and saw the baby's head and upper body," said army medic Haim Levin. "The umbilical cord was around the baby's neck; the baby was grey and didn't move."

"I first removed the cord from the neck and at the same time asked paramedics to prepare the baby resuscitation kit. I pinched her to see if she's responding, and she started to cry," Levin said.

Paramedics also treated the mother, who was in good condition at that point, Levin said.

Ambulance driver Orly Shlomo described the scene: "We joined the military paramedic and helped him cut off the umbilical cord … without the medical treatment, the fetus and woman faced genuine life danger."
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