Wounded Syrians treated in Israeli hospitals
JERUSALEM - France 24
An Israeli nurse treats a severely wounded Syrian man at the Western Galilee Hospital in the northern city of Nahariya September 10, 2013. REUTERS photoA Syrian boy lies hovering between life and death in an Israeli hospital, oblivious to the Mickey Mouse and motorbike stickers on the wall, as a bank of screens monitor his vital signs.
Avidan Landau, a nurse at the Ziv Medical Center in northern Israel, enters the ward to check the boy’s saline drip. "He's just a kid, not my enemy,” says Landau. “A child cannot be an enemy."
Israel and Syria have been officially in a state of war for decades. Since the Syrian uprising broke out more than two years ago, Israel has – until recently – been careful not to publicly take sides in the conflict raging across its northeastern border.
But since early this year, at least two Israeli hospitals have been treating a trickle of seriously wounded Syrians. At the Ziv Medical Center, nearly 100 Syrian patients, brought in from across the Golan frontline, have been treated since February.
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