She Was Born Amid a Second Intifada Lockdown. She Died 19 Years Later Amid Israeli-Palestinian Clashes

When Hanan Khadour was born, Jenin was under Israeli army lockdown due to Operation Defensive Shield, and her father had to carry her to the hospital in his arms. Three weeks ago she boarded a shared taxi in the same city, which was teeming with Israeli soldiers and snipers. A single bullet pierced her body

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Bereaved father Mahmoud Khadour, with his young son Moahmmed.
Bereaved father Mahmoud Khadour, with his young son Moahmmed.

Hanan Khadour was born on December 1, 2002. Her mother, Abir, was in her eighth month when the contractions started. The nearest hospital was in Jenin, 12 kilometers from her home in the village of Faqua, but there was no way to get there because of the roadblocks. It was the period after Operation Defensive Shield in the second intifada, and the Jenin refugee camp was still under lockdown. Abir gave birth in the clinic of the village doctor; Hanan was born a preemie. She needed an incubator urgently, but none was available locally. The doctor told the family that the newborn’s survival depended on her being taken to a hospital urgently. Her father, Mahmoud, decided that he must do everything to give his daughter a chance to live, as he puts it now.

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