Six of the seven wounded Syrians who were taken for treatment in Israel last week have been discharged from the Ziv Medical Center in Safed, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said Wednesday.
They were returned to Syria overnight. Another wounded Syrian is still hospitalized in serious condition.
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The six were not returned via the Quneitra Crossing which is usually used for passage in humanitarian cases and likely passed through one of the border's side gates.
The return was not coordinated with the Red Cross as a formal passing through the Quneitra Crossing would have required coordination with the Assad regime via UNDOF (the UN force monitoring the ceasefire in the Golan Heights) which may have compromised the men.
Guards placed outside rooms in Ziv Medical Center (Photo: Avihu Shapira)
A source said that the Syrians were returned upon their request and after they received medical care.
Last week, seven Syrians who made their own way to the border area in the northern Golan Heights asked IDF troops for medical attention.
Medics were dispatched to the area while Northern Command chief Major-General Yair Golan decided to allow them to enter Israel and receive medical care at the Ziv Medical Center in Safed.
At the hospital, some underwent surgery and others were treated in the emergency room. One of the six was hospitalized in critical condition. The Syrians were later transferred to the Orthopedic ward where security guards were placed outside the men's rooms.
Dr. Tal Solomon, head of the Vascular Surgery Unit, said the Syrians were in the twenties. "They know how they got here, they are conscious. We didn’t talk to them about it but they know everything, even if we couldn't understand what they were saying," he said.
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