Al-Helal Emirati Maternity Hospital, where the premature babies were taken on Sunday, posted a video of its neonatal intensive care unit on Saturday in which an unnamed doctor warned that the hospital would run out of fuel by Monday.
For premature babies, “this is a death sentence carried out the moment the electricity is cut off,” the doctor said.
On Saturday, a United Nations-run school in the Jabaliya area north of Gaza City, where an estimated 7,000 people had been sheltering, was hit by a strike that killed at least 24 people, U.N. officials said on Sunday.
UNRWA, the U.N. agency that aids Palestinian refugees, did not suggest who was responsible for the attack. But it said that the school, Al-Fakhura, was also hit by a strike on Nov. 4 that had killed at least 12 people and wounded 54.
The Israeli military said that it had received reports of an incident on Saturday in the Jabaliya area and that it was under review. It said it was “committed to international law, including taking feasible steps to minimize harm to civilians.”
Since the war began, at least 176 people sheltering in UNRWA schools have been killed and nearly 800 have been injured, even though most of the buildings have been clearly marked with blue flags, the agency said.
“This is yet another proof that no one, and nowhere, is safe in Gaza,” Philippe Lazzarini, the head of UNRWA, said in a statement on Sunday.
Reporting was contributed by Iyad Abuheweila, Abu Bakr Bashir, Shuaib Almosawa, Matina Stevis-Gridneff, Aaron Boxerman, Shuaib Almosawa, Vivian Nereim, Katie Rogers, Anushka Patil and Aric Toler.