Infant born by C-section after mother killed in airstrike

(AP)

A baby girl who was born by Caesarean section after her Palestinian mother was killed in an Israeli airstrike was being treated in a Gaza hospital on Monday.

Shaymaa Hussein al-Sheikh Ali, who was 24, was killed by shrapnel from an airstrike that targeted and demolished the roof of her family home, according to Gaza medical officials.

Her daughter, also named Shaymaa, was born via posthumous Caesarean section on Thursday.

The baby weighs 2.3 kilogrammes (5 pounds) and is currently in a stable condition, according to medics.

Dr Wajdi Qeshta said the baby’s father and brothers were also killed in the strike.

Her grandmother Mirvat Qanan was watching over her in hospital.

Doctors said the infant was suffering from a shortage of oxygen and they expect her to remain hospitalised for about five weeks.

Qanan’s husband, Ibrahim Sheikh Ali, who reportedly works at a radio station belonging to the militant group Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ), was wounded along with seven others in the strike.

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