Sunday, May 24
Latest News
  1. Pentagon says Iraqi forces 'failed to fight' in Ramadi
  2. EU says Russia's NGO law is a 'worrying step'
  3. Yemen president insists on rebel pullback for UN talks
  4. Libyans arrest 600 Europe-bound illegal migrants
  5. Syria regime helicopter comes down in Aleppo province
  6. Saudi Shiites refuse to be provoked by suicide bombing
  7. Fresh air strikes and ground fighting in Yemen
  8. Saudi identifies dead suicide bomber, confirms link to IS
  9. Burundi activists suspend govt talks after opposition figure murdered
  10. Report: Malaysia home minister says mass graves found
  11. UN: Iranian aid cargo boat for Yemen offloaded in Djibouti
  12. Commanders: Iraq forces attack IS east of Ramadi
  13. Leading 'No' figure concedes in Irish gay marriage vote
  14. Saudi-led coalition pounds Yemen rebels in three cities
  15. Police: 3 killed by two grenades in Burundi capital
  16. Official: 39 dead in Mexico clash between police, armed civilians
  17. US Senate approves fast-track trade authority for Obama
  18. Senate blocks bill that would end US bulk data dragnet
  19. Official: Turkey arrests French citizen bound for Syria
  20. Priest 'kidnapped in Homs' region of Syria

'Gaza baby dies as power cut shuts breathing aid'

March 24, 2012 4:31 P.M. (Updated: March 26, 2012 10:59 P.M.)
Since this story was published evidence has emerged casting doubt on the timing of an infant's death which was reported by Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV and confirmed by a Gaza medical official. The same health official now says the boy died in early March, not Friday as originally reported.

An updated account of the incident was published Monday. The original story is below.

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A seven-month-old baby in Gaza died on Friday evening after medical equipment he was connected to switched off as a result of a power cut, a Hamas-affiliated TV channel said.

Gaza medical spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya confirmed the incident, adding that the infant was born with respiratory problems and doctors had recommended the use of mechanical breathing apparatus to be used at home.

The father of the child had turned on the apparatus before going to sleep but during the night a power cut caused it to switch off, resulting in the infant's death, Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV reported.

The child was the "first victim of the current power crisis in Gaza," Abu Salmiya said, warning that the medical sector in the coastal enclave is in jeopardy.

Recent fuel shortages have had a catastrophic effect on daily life in the Gaza Strip, with people facing daily power cuts of up to 18 hours a day.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015