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Ziv Hospital in Safed hit by rocket Photo: Niv Calderon
Ziv Hospital in Safed hit by rocket Photo: Niv Calderon
 
Evacuating injured to Nahariya hospital Photo: Niv Calderon
Evacuating injured to Nahariya hospital Photo: Niv Calderon
 
 

Day 12 of fighting: Some 1,300 Israelis hurt

Hospitals in north treat 1,293 people injured in rocket attacks since war in north began. Health Ministry launches works to fortify hospitals, ready medical teams for extended military operation

Meital Yasur-Beit Or
Published: 07.23.06, 11:21 / Israel News

Hospitals in Israel have treated 1,293 people who were injured in rocket attacks since the fighting on the country's northern border began 12 days ago.

 

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Since the beginning of the fighting, the Health Ministry's situation room has been collecting data on the number of injured. The vast majority of casualties were treated for shock, while 19 people are still hospitalized across the country in serious condition. Another 37 people sustained moderate wounds and 325 were lightly injured. The number of people who suffered from shock stands at 875.

 

Health Minister Yacov Ben Yizri briefed the government ministers Sunday on the health establishment's preparations in light of the security situation.

 

In the framework of the preparations, medical teams from the heart of Israel are standing by to assist the northern hospitals and six hospitals in the north - Ziv in Safed, Rambam in Haifa, Poriya in Tiberias, the Nahariya hospital and Bnei Zion in Haifa – have already fortified the oxygen tanks on their grounds in order to avoid grave damages in the event of a rocket attack.

 

The hospital in Safed had already sustained damages in a previous Katyusha strike. During the weekend construction teams have started fortifying windows in the northern hospitals, while efforts to reinforce the Barzilai Hospital building in Ashkelon were also launched, for fear of imminent Qassam attacks.

 

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