Wounded Syrian transfered to Israel with note on his body

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff  

Doctors at Ziv Hospital in the northern Israel town of Safed (Tsfat) this week received a badly wounded Syrian man and were surprised to find a hand-written note stuck to his body.

Israel continues to take in Syrians wounded in their country's ongoing civil war. Currently, there are some 20 Syrians receiving treatment at Ziv Hospital, the nearest major Israeli medical center to the Syrian border.

The latest victim suffered serious gunshot wounds to his chest and torso, and after receiving treatment in Syria, was transfered to Israel via the UN monitoring force that watches the border between the two countries.

The note on the man's body was from the Syrian doctor who first treated him. In it, the Syrian doctor explained to his Israeli colleagues what treatment the man had already received and in what condition he was being transfered - the kind of information any two doctors will share when handing off a patient. Except these two doctors are separate by a hostile border.

In the letter's conclusion, the Syrian doctor thanks the Israelis in advance, stating that he knew they would do everything possible to save the life of the young man.

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