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Ratney (L) and Prof. Lernet
Photo: Ziv Medical Center
US official praises Israel’s treatment of Syrian refugees
US Deputy Assistant Secretary Secretary of State Ratney lauds humanitarian aid offered by Israel to Syrian refugees at Ziv Medical Center during visit on Monday; Ratney adds he is leaving Ziv Medical Center 'with a profound appreciation for the heroic work you are doing treating Syrians wounded in their civil war.'
US Deputy Assistant Secretary Secretary of State Michael Ratney said Monday he was “astounded” by Israel’s humanitarian treatment of Syrians wounded in that country’s six-year-old civil war and said the medical treatment the refugees have received at Ziv Medical Center in Safed has been an illustration of “Israeli compassion and competence.”

 

 

Speaking while leading a delegation of US officials on a tour of Israel’s northern borders with Lebanon and Syria before ending the day in Safed, Ratney said he would “leave Ziv hospital (Medical Center—ed) with a profound appreciation for the heroic work you are doing treating Syrians wounded in their civil war.”

 

Ratney (L) and Prof. Lernet (Photo: Ziv Medical Center)
Ratney (L) and Prof. Lernet (Photo: Ziv Medical Center)

Photo: Avihu Shapira
Photo: Avihu Shapira

 

Aside from Ratney, a fluent Arabic speaker who served as the United States Consul General in Jerusalem from 2012 to 2015 and who is now the the US Special Envoy for Syria; Dr. Scott B. Lasensky, a senior fellow at The Institute for National Security Studies and a senior advisor on Israel, Syria and Middle East affairs in the Obama administration, as well as senior IDF officers.

 

Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit
Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

 

Like Ratney, Lasensky praised the hospital for showing dedication and compassion to refugees and fighters alike, both in Israel and abroad.


Photo: Ziv Medical Center
Photo: Ziv Medical Center

 

Over the past four and a half years, Israeli medical teams have treated more than 1,100 Syrian civilians who were wounded in the fighting. Spokespeople for Ziv Medical Center said the average stay for a Syrian patient is far longer than an Israeli one.The statement also said that the hospital has built a holistic framework to treat Syrian patients, including Arabic-speaking social workers, teachers and rehabilitation professionals and more.


Photo: Avihu Shapira
Photo: Avihu Shapira

 

Article reprinted with permission from TPS.

 


פרסום ראשון: 08.21.17, 20:08
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