Rebels transferred to hospial via IDF ambulances
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Syrians undergo surgery at Safed hospital

Ziv Medical Center director says Syrian civilians, enemy combatants, terror operatives have been treated at hospital before; adds, 'identity of wounded, irrelevant to treatment'

The seven Syrian rebels hospitalized at the Ziv Medical Center in Safed underwent surgery overnight. One of them is still in serious condition in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit after sustaining injuries to his abdomen. The condition of the remaining rebels, who mainly sustained injuries to their extremities, is stable.


Ziv Medical Center Director Dr. Oscar Ambon told Ynet that the injuries were caused mainly by shrapnel and bullets, adding that the medical team will not question the injured parties regarding the cause of their wounds.


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"They are expected to remain in the hospital for at least a week, possibly longer, depending on the rehabilitation and treatment they will receive upon release. Obviously, if the continued treatment will be less successful, it is preferable that they remain here as long as possible, so that the treatment succeeds," Ambon said. 


The injured are being hospitalized in the Orthopedics Unit, in closed and secured rooms. Hospital security and the IDF are not allowing anyone near them.


Dr. Ambon added that the hospital has already treated enemy soldiers and terror operatives. "The identity of the wounded is irrelevant to the treatment," he said, adding that he does not know whether additional injured parties are expected to arrive at the hospital from the sites of Syrian clashes. He also said that no previous warning was given regarding the arrival of the seven on Saturday.


Ynet learned that the men were injured in clashes with the Syrian army and later made their own way to the border area in the northern Golan Heights, where they were picked up by IDF soldiers. They were transferred to the hospital via military ambulances.


Following their release from the hospital, they are expected to return to Syria via the Quneitra crossing, in coordination with the UN.


The IDF has not released further details on the incident which occurred in the Golani Brigade Reconnaissance unit zone.


Earlier on Saturday, rebels attacked a military police barrage, in the Syrian Golan, only a few miles from the Israeli border.


Hassan Shaalan contributed to this report



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פרסום ראשון: 02.17.13, 12:05
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