Thursday, May 15, 2008

Siege Hits Palestinians Before They Are Born. Is It A Genocide Yet??

by Mohammed Omer

"GAZA CITY - The Israeli siege of Gaza that has restricted access to food, water and medicine is now beginning to hit unborn children and newborn babies.

"Many babies are born suffering from anemia that they have inherited from their mothers," Dr. Salah al-Rantisi, head of the women's health department at the Palestinian ministry of health in Gaza told IPS. And the mothers are becoming anemic because they do not now get enough nutrition throughout their pregnancy.

That in turn happens because the Israeli blockade has choked the supply of food and medicines.

Dr. al-Rantisi also heads the women's health unit at Nasser hospital, where about 30 to 40 children are born every day. Many suffer from anemia, he says......."

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