Daily Israel Report

Moderately Wounded Syrian Taken for Treatment in Israel

A Syrian citizen who was wounded in the country’s civil war was brought by IDF soldiers to the Ziv Hospital in Tzfat.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 5/3/2013, 1:14 AM

Near the Syria border
Near the Syria border
Israel news photo: Flash 90

A Syrian citizen who was wounded in the country’s civil war was brought by IDF soldiers to the Ziv Hospital in Tzfat on Thursday night.

The man, who was shot in the abdomen and moderately wounded, was taken to the operating room. Army Radio reported that Chief of Staff Benny Gantz had approved the transfer of the wounded man to Israel, but that there was no change to the IDF policy regarding the civil war in Syria.

Thursday’s incident is the second time this week in which a wounded Syrian is taken for treatment in Israel.

On Monday evening, the Ziv Hospital received another Syrian who was wounded in the ongoing civil war.

The man, who suffered moderate wounds to his waist, was taken to the hospital’s trauma unit and later underwent surgery. He is still recovering in hospital.

As the civil war has raged in Syria, there have been several instances, particularly over the last month, in which wounded Syrians were taken for treatment in Israel.

At the end of March, the IDF brought several wounded Syrians into Israel after they appeared at the northern border.

Gantz authorized Israeli troops to administer first aid to the injured Syrians, but at least two clearly required more care than medics could provide in the field. Those two were evacuated to a hospital in Israel for further, more specialized treatment.

A week earlier, four wounded Syrians similarly arrived at the border with Israel, seeking medical care. Two were evacuated to hospitals in Israel and the others were provided with first aid and returned to Syria.

In February, seven Syrians were rushed to Ziv Medical Center in Tzfat, all having been wounded in clashes on the Golan Heights between opposition forces and government troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. One was listed in critical condition.

In such cases, the identity of the wounded Syrians is not normally released to media, and it is not known whether they were fighters or civilians – nor to which side in the country’s civil war they belong.