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