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Injured Rebel Fighter Brings Letter from Syrian Doctor to Israeli Medical Staff

June 12, 2013 10:24 am 13 comments

A Syrian refugee is tended to by the medical professionals of Ziv Medical Center in Israel's northern city of Safed. Photo: Ziv Medical Center.

The Syrian government, which has repeatedly accused Israel of aiding Syrian rebels in their war against the regime, claimed it had further proof Wednesday that the Jewish state was, at the very least, providing humanitarian assistance when reports surfaced that an injured anti-government fighter arrived at the Ziv Medical Center in Safed, with a letter instructing doctors on how to treat him.

According to Israel’s Channel 2, the rebel fighter was suffering from a serious gunshot wound that could not be successfully treated in Syria. The letter, written by a Syrian doctor, explained the wound–a bullet had fractured the man’s ribs and caused  damage to his diaphragm and liver—and that he was suffering from heavy internal bleeding. Furthermore the Syrian doctor explained that he was unable to sew and bandage vital areas and thanked the Israeli doctors for any help they could provide.

Dr. Oscar Ambon, director of the Ziv Medical Center, told Channel 2 that the patient had been handed over by UN forces after spending several days in Syria. Since arriving at the hospital, the soldier has undergone surgery and is currently in critical condition, he added.

In an interview that aired Saturday with Al-Mayadeen, a pro-Hezbollah media station in Lebanon, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s close aide Bouthaina Shaaban accused Israel of collaborating with Syrian rebels.

“When we hear in the media that wounded armed gangs were transferred to Israel for treatment, I say that maybe it was all the work of undercover Israeli soldiers,” he claimed.


  • All the above written comments are true in some way, but I would like to see ONE Israeli person who is asked to receive a severely wounded human being by the UN, and denies to treat him in an Israeli hospital. No way in Israel. I’m glad and proud of that.

  • When Israel has the opportunity to demonstrate its humanitarian impulses by providing medical treatment to its “enemies” it can only strengthen its image in world public opinion. If only the media of Arab governments would allow coverage of such actions. I wonder, for example, if “Al Jezirah” covered this story. Then again, it would only undermine their efforts to maintain anti-Semitic, anti-Israel sentiments among its peoples.

    • Kris Kristian

      Why should the media tell the truth?
      If they told this story, it would upset the Jew /Israel haters, specilly those who call Israel an apartheid state, such as Tutu.

      Then, if the media told the truth, they would not be able to see so many news papers, and the TV would not know how to tell the truth.
      So, SHUT UP about the truth
      Lies about Israel is what sells newspapers, and have people “glued” to they TV news.

  • Israel cannot and will not turn its back on its moral and humanitarian obligation. Maybe that wounded rebel will one day appreciate the fact that Israel saved his life and and who knows what kind of a positive impact it left on him and the consequences to this positive chain of reaction now set in motion.

  • Stay well clear of Syria. I was told that it says in the bible or its associated writings that danger to Israel will come from the north

  • Ilbert Phillips

    These rules of “humane treatment” have been developed by the Jews over the centuries and is consistent with a people who have developed highly refined, noble behaviors for humans whom Jews believe are created in the image of G-d. Assuming the burden of bringing to man the message from Mt. Sinai, the Torah, the Torah forms the immutable and unchangeable moral standards that promote humanistic behavior. For this reason (and not because of a poor public relations apparatus, the Jews are hated since such conduct runs counter to the underlying inhuman tendencies of man. They certain run counter to a vicious dictator-ship that wants to win the Syrian “civil war” at all costs.

  • Michael Levy

    Can you imagine the shoe on the other foot!?
    I can promise one thing, and that is, if this injured Sirion survives, he will be one of the first “terrorists” to attack Israel. Anyone beg to differ with me on this?

  • Luigi Rosolin

    How Syrian can complain of favoritism is insane, the humanitarian care of a wonder person is above faction and Israel can be only congratulate of such humanitarian charity. The civil war of Syria is cause by many factor that from outside is hard to verified as propaganda are manipulate from both side. The only thru is that the nation had been decimate and human right abuse had cause a genocide. People had lost from both side and the world had been incapable to stop this atrocity.

  • Fredric M. London

    In a way you cannot blame them. The idea of helping an enemy soldier, or anyone who disagrees with them, is the ultimate outrage. Humanitarian grounds do not exist in such countries, and are not valued by such governments. It is natural that Israel, which expends major resources treating its enemies, should be reviled by the other side of the conflict. It will be interesting to see what they say if one of Assad’s fighters is treated in Israel.

    Those ads, in the New York subway system, urging people to choose Israel over barbarism, were really extremely accurate.

  • As the old saying goes–“No good deed will go unpunished.’

  • And if the rebel fighter dies, guess who will be blamed?

  • Steve Klein

    Israel should stay out of this fight IMHO. There are NO good guys in it.

    • Israel does stay out of this fight, but of course since the fight has recently reached the region of Syria very near to the israeli border, our army has to be alert. About taking care of ennemies soldiers, this has been Israel’s way of acting in all the wars she endured. As a nurse I have seen myself in 67 egyptian prisonners being operated an treated in our hospital.

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