Eight Syrians are injured, all of them either seriously and critically. Two of them are children; one seven years old, the other 11. They were evacuated by the IDF to Israel last week, and have been sent to various hospitals in the north for treatment.
The wounded arrived at the border fence after heavy artillery fire allegedly coming from the Assad regime. hit the medical center in the town of Qunietra, right across the border from Israel.
The wounded were sent from ruined the medical center to the border fence, and the IDF medical corps declared their arrival on the other side of the border to be a medical emergency with multiple casualties.
The injured persons were bleeding heavily and were injured in all different parts of their bodies. They had everything from head injuries to shrapnel injuries to even bullet wounds. Dozens of IDF paramedics and doctors worked under cover of darkness to treat them.
"We were forced to call in medical teams from the armored corps who happened to be doing drills that day in the Golan to supplement the medical forces of the brigade which is normally responsible for the area, alongside various reserve forces," explained Micky Almakis from the divisional medical squad.
"Seven medical teams, including high ranking medical personnel were called to the area. The two children had burns all over their bodies and were in real danger of losing their lives. They were groaning from the pain they were in. Now, they're recovering and being taken care of by the best people. Their grandmother came to accompany them, and thanked us for treating them. The wounded Syrians were surprised at the care and compassion we gave to them when they crossed the border over to us," Almakis said.
Almakis and his team were also forced to perform emergency medical procedures when the Syrians crossed over into Israel, such as opening up airways and draining fluids from their chests.
Michel Pushkov, an army paramedic who treated the two children, added that "we brought a lot of medical equipment with us because we knew that it was a huge event. The kids looked terrible. We gave them medicine, and despite the fact that they were terrified, they answered our questions. The moment they understood that I was there to help them, they looked a lot happier. They were administered fluids and sterile blankets to prevent against infection and hypothermia."
The fighting in the area is occurring due to the Assad regime's desire to regain control over the border area with Israel, an area which has been under rebel and Islamist extremist control since last year.
Mental HardshipRecent reports have exposed the hardships the paramedics in the Golan are subject to after seeing and treating wounded from the Syrian civil war on a near daily basis.
According to Pushkov, "we have a permanent IDF psychologist on hand, and as medical personnel, we are able to say and express everything on our minds quickly. We also share our feelings with each other. The system is very supportive."
The IDF decided to close down its field hospital on the Syrian border in the northern Golan Heights. The military decided that it would instead do emergency treatments in military ambulances while they are on their way to a hospital in the Galilee. The IDF Northern Command said that the closing of the field hospital was done to increase efficiency, and that the field hospital can be re-opened at any time.
There have so far been 2,500 wounded Syrians treated in Israel since Israel began accepting them on humanitarian grounds three years ago.