Syrian Artillery Hits Golan as Netanyahu Visits Field Hospital

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 |  Israel Today Staff

Two heavy mortar shells landed in the Israeli Golan Heights on Tuesday just a short time after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had toured an Israeli field hospital established in the area to aid the victims of Syria’s ongoing civil war.

The mortars landed in an open area and did not cause any damage or injuries. Military officials believe the incident to be spill-over from fighting between Syrian government and rebel forces near the border.

Netanyahu toured the border region between Israel and Syria together with Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and IDF Chief of Staff Gen. Benny Gantz. The focal point of their visit was the IDF field hospital set up along the border over a year ago to assist wounded Syrians fleeing the violence in their country.

To date, hundreds of wounded Syrians have been processed by the field hospital and sent on to larger medical facilities in Israel, many of them receiving life-saving treatment.

That was the case with a five-year-old Syrian boy who was brought to the border on Sunday with severe shrapnel wounds to his hand. The child was transferred to Poriya Medical Center near Tiberias, where he underwent successful emergency surgery and is currently recovering.

Netanyahu said that the IDF field hospital that had helped that boy and hundreds of others “is the true face of Israel.”

The prime minister went on to explain that he field hospital is a place that “separates the good in the world from the evil in the world,” the good being Israel, which “saves lives from the daily slaughter taking place in Syria,” and the bad being Iran, which “continues to support the Assad regime, which is slaughtering its citizens.”

Netanyahu used the opportunity to again press world powers to not be duped by Iran at renewed nuclear talks that opened in Vienna on Tuesday:

“I want to say to the world, as the talks between the major powers and Iran are being resumed, that Iran has not changed its aggressive policies. Iran has not changed its brutal character… This [the image of suffering Syrian civilians] is the true face of Iran, and the world must not forget that.”

In related news, Israel National News reported that earlier this month two pregnant women from Gaza were granted entry to Israel where they received treatment that saved both their lives and the lives of their infants.

In one case, the mother had a dangerous blood clotting disorder. Her twins were successfully delivered via caesarean section, and after several days unconscious in intensive care, the mother woke up in stable condition and ready to be with her newborns.

The other woman was brought to the same Israeli hospital in her eighth month of pregnancy after it was discovered that her baby had an opposing blood type to her own, a condition known as Rh disease, which can result in catastrophic complications if the child’s blood comes in contact with the mother’s during birth.

In the end, the second child was delivered premature with a congenital heart problem. The mother was able to leave her baby at the Israeli hospital to receive the life-saving treatment he needs.

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