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The United Arab Emirates has announced its intention to provide medical treatment for 1,000 Palestinian children from Gaza.

Amid the ongoing conflict, with Israel enforcing a blockade and conducting strikes in response to the attack on Oct. 7 by Hamas, which Israel states resulted in 1,400 fatalities, the health situation for Gazans, particularly children, has become critical.

The UAE’s commitment, as reported by the state news agency WAM, includes treating the children accompanied by their families, although the logistics of their travel from Gaza have not been clarified. The blockade has only been partially eased to allow some individuals to exit Gaza into Egypt, primarily foreign nationals and injured Palestinians requiring medical attention. While the specifics regarding the exit of these families under the Qatar-mediated agreement remain uncertain, WAM has indicated that the children will return home post-treatment.

The announcement from the UAE comes as Gaza’s healthcare system is overwhelmed, with the Gaza health ministry reporting thousands of casualties since the start of the conflict.


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