Recently, new aspects of the story came to light. It emerges that the number of people who have been treated in Israel is somewhat higher than had previously been reported and that increasing numbers of the patients are children.
“Two minors injured in Syrian fighting were transferred to a hospital in Israel on Wednesday [June 25th].
The two boys, 9 and 15 years old, were transferred to Ziv Hospital in Safed for treatment. The 9-year-old suffered moderate injuries from shrapnel wounds across his body and lost his right eye, according to a report by Maariv. The 15-year-old was listed in serious condition, according to the report.”
“Every wounded Syrian is guarded by either an IDF soldier or by a civilian security guard in an attempt to isolate them from speaking with anyone unauthorized to do so who might photograph them or pass on their information to Syria, potentially harming them or their families upon their eventual return to Syria.
As stated, more than a 100 wounded Syrians have crossed the border in recent months. Some 70 of them have been taken to Israeli hospitals, and two have passed away as a result of their injuries.”
In addition to the Rifka Ziv Hospital in Tsfat (Safed) patients have also been treated at the Western Galilee Medical Centre in Nahariya, Rambam Hospital in Haifa and Poriya Hospital near Tiberias.
“All four medical facilities in the north of Israel have Arabic-speaking social workers, trauma specialists and nurses.”
Hospital treatment in Israel is normally paid for by the patient’s particular medical insurance company, but of course the Syrian patients do not have such insurance.
“Israel’s Health Ministry and the Defense Ministry agreed to jointly fund the hospital treatment for the Syrians.”
Oddly, the BBC continues to show no interest in telling this rather exceptional Middle Eastern story to its audiences.