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Gaza family struggles for survival amid ongoing conflict

Gaza family with new-born quadruplets shelters in a room with 50 other people   -  
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In the heart of the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel, the story of Eman and Amar al-Masri, parents of newborn quadruplets, sheds light on the dire circumstances faced by many families in Gaza.

Eman al-Masri, the mother of four newborns, expressed the severe challenges they face in their current living conditions. The family, along with 50 others, sought refuge in a Gaza school classroom-turned-shelter after being displaced multiple times due to the ongoing war. Eman's poignant account of the scarcity of essential items paints a grim picture of their daily struggles.

"There is a shortage of diapers, milk, and wet wipes are not available. All children’s necessities are not available, including clothing, warmth, or a bed. The entire place is not suitable for children, and there is no money even to buy diapers, milk, or anything," Eman lamented.

Amar al-Masri, the father, echoed his wife's distress, highlighting the difficulty of providing for their four seven-day-old newborns.

“Today I have four children, four newborns who are seven days old, and I am unable to provide a carton of milk, diapers, or even what their mother needs in terms of food, drink, and nutrition, after the surgery," Amar shared, emphasizing the harsh reality faced by their family.

The al-Masri family's plight reflects the larger crisis unfolding in Gaza, where thousands have been displaced, and essential resources remain scarce. Eman's accounts of the family's journey, from their home in Biet Hanoun to a refugee camp and finally to a school in Deir al-Balah, underscore the challenges faced by many in the region.

As the conflict persists, with over 21,800 Palestinians in Gaza reported killed, the al-Masri family's struggle serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need for humanitarian aid and a resolution to the ongoing crisis. The toll on innocent lives continues to rise amid the devastating consequences of the war that erupted on October 7.

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