How pregnant women are 'greatest victims' of Israel-Hamas conflict

Nearly 20,000 babies have been born in Gaza since war broke out, but miscarriage and maternal death rates are rising

A photo collage of a pregnant woman wearing a keffiyeh overlaid on top of photos of flash bombs dropping down near Al Shati Refugee Camp
A report in The Lancet estimated that 183 women give birth in Gaza every day
(Image credit: Illustration by Julia Wytrazek / Getty Images)

Thoughts and headlines are understandably concerned with the shocking death toll in Gaza – but new lives are also under threat.

Last week, the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said that the number killed in the three months of Israeli bombardment had exceeded 25,000: a casualty rate "without precedent in the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict", said The Associated Press

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