VIDEO: Omani doctor reveals children are eating small batteries and pebbles in Gaza due to extreme hunger - GulfToday

VIDEO: Omani doctor reveals children are eating small batteries and pebbles in Gaza due to extreme hunger


A combo image shows Khaled Al-Shamousi removing a coin from the oesophagus of a child in Gaza.

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An Omani doctor Khaled Al-Shamousi, who works as a volunteer risking his life in Gaza to treat Palestinians, revealed shocking things that children in the Gaza Strip eat due to extreme hunger and lack of food, according to RT Arabic. They consume whatever they find in the street

In his account on the X” platform, Dr. Khaled Al-Shamousi explained that one of the children swallowed a piece of metal which got stuck in his oesophagus. He showed an X-ray of the chest of the little girl he examined, commenting: “The children of Gaza are eating coins, pebbles, and small batteries out of extreme hunger... This is one of them. She is 8 years old. She swallowed a piece of metal and it got stuck in her oesophagus.”

He also posted a video clip inside an operating room where he was performing a delicate operation on a child. Shamousi appeared to be removing the small battery from the child’s intestines through his mouth, while he heard the applause of the medical staff after he succeeded in removing the foreign body.

Al-Shamousi wrote: “Due to severe hunger, lack of supplies, and the disappointment of the surrounding countries, children swallowed the batteries, thinking they were candies... Here we extracted a battery that a child swallowed in Gaza.”

The video evoked widespread interaction on social media, where many expressed their anger and sadness over these disturbing scenes.

No food has entered the two main border crossings in southern Gaza for the past week. Some 1.1 million Palestinians in Gaza face catastrophic levels of hunger, on the brink of starvation, and a "full-blown famine” is taking place in the north, according to the UN.

More than half a million Palestinians have been displaced in recent days by escalating Israeli military operations in southern and northern Gaza, the United Nations said.

Around 450,000 Palestinians were driven out of Rafah in Gaza's south over the past week, the United Nations’ agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday. There were roughly 1.3 million people sheltering in Rafah before Israel began pushing into the city, which Israel says is the last Hamas stronghold.

Seven months of Israeli bombardment and ground operations in Gaza have killed more than 35,000 people, most of them women and children, according to local health officials.

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