Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered the country's health authorities to transfer conjoined Palestinian twins Haneen and Farah from Gaza to the kingdom, Arab News reported.
The twins, who were born in the coastal enclave on Sunday, will now be transferred to the King Abdul Aziz Medical City of the National Guard in Riyadh to receive treatment.
In his statement on the matter, Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, supervisor general of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), said:
"The twins, who are joined in the abdominal and pelvic region, have one lower limb and share some internal organs."
He also added that they will now need to undergo several medical tests before doctors can determine whether it's safe for them to perform a surgery to separate the newborns.
An online campaign got the twins international attention
Just hours after the twins were born earlier this week, doctors in Gaza's Shifa hospital said they would need life-saving treatment outside the blockaded coastal enclave.
Speaking to AFP, Allam Abu Hamda, head of the neonatal unit at Shifa Hospital explained that the girls' condition is stable but complicated.
He added that their case "cannot be dealt with in the Gaza Strip" mainly due to the lack of medical facilities and supplies needed for their treatment.
At the time, Abu Hamda hoped the twins would be transferred abroad for a possible separation surgery.
Soon after, online activists and tweeps started sharing the story on social media, asking anyone who can, to help get the newborns out of the blockaded enclave.
Not the first similar case in Gaza
This isn't the first time conjoined twins are born in Gaza, 2 other similar cases were reported in the past 7 years, one in 2010, the other in 2016.
The twins born in 2010 were transferred "to Saudi Arabia for surgery to separate them, but doctors in Riyadh said their condition was too delicate to operate and they died," according to The Telegraph.
The twins born in 2016 also passed away shortly after they were born.