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Humanitarian Assistance to Syrian Casualties in Israel!

Humanitarian Assistance to Syrian Casualties in Israel!

U. Lehavi from Keren Hayesod Vereinigte Israel Aktion e.V.Write a message

As part of the ongoing humanitarian aid efforts of the State of Israel, the Galilee Medical

Center began receiving and treated injured Syrians in March 2013. The casualties of

Syrian violence arrive by IDF forces (under a decision made by the government of

Israel), and have received continuing medical treatment throughout the hospital. Syrian

severely injured patients are treated in departments that include Intensive Care, Pediatric

Intensive Care, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Orthopedics and Spinal

Surgery, General Surgery and in the other units and departments that offer this life saving

care to foreign Syrian nationals.

Although not the closest hospital to the Syrian border, the Galilee Medical Center is the

most advanced surgical center in the northern region meaning the most complex injuries

are seen in its wards. Despite the advanced collaboration of peacekeeping forces and the

hospital itself, the injured are often brought to the hospital after elapsed time from injury,

which can further complicate their medical situation and require more intensive

treatment. When released from the hospital’s care, these patients are discharged into the

care of the IDF.

IDF soldiers bringing another Syrian patient to Galilee Medical Center, October 2015

Beyond the additional stress to the departments of more patients and more complex,

violent injuries that require extended care and intensive procedures, the Syrian patients

also require isolated hospitalization both for medical reasons (such as infections) and to

abide by the military guidelines set in place for the patients’ protection.

Syrian sisters reunite after treatment at Pediatric ICU at Galilee Medical Center, October 2015

Galilee medical center in Naharyia had so far absorbed 1,500 severely wounded victims

of Syrian violence who in total had accumulated over 15,000 days of hospitalization in

2016 alone. At any given time between 35-45 Syrians have been treated simultaneously

by the medical staff. Although the length of their medical treatment can range anywhere

from a single day to several weeks, the most critically injure receive continual treatment

for months on end.
Foto: Chana Bikel חנה ביקל