Report: IDF sets up field hospital near Golan border to treat Syrians

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Israel has reportedly set up a small field hospital near the Israel-Syria border with aim of treating injured Syrians who arrive at the border seeking medical assistance, Channel 2 reported on Thursday.

Israel, citing humanitarian concerns, has treated 11 Syrian civilians over the last four weeks.

An Israel Defense Forces team prepares to set up a field hospital in Haiti. Credit: Israel Defense Forces.

On Wednesday, Israeli army paramedics treated seven wounded Syrians near the border. Two of the men sustained critical head injuries and were taken to Israeli hospitals for emergency surgery; one of them died from his wounds.

The report, quoting military sources, said that the field hospital—set up at an Israeli army post adjacent to the border—aims to treat the injured and immediately return them to Syria. Critical cases will still be referred to hospitals in northern Israel.

According to the report, forming a field hospital requires some 200 soldiers and medical personnel, but the medical facility formed on the border is much smaller, intending to provide injured Syrians with basic triage and medical assistance.

The Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit said, “Over the past several weeks, for humanitarian reasons, the IDF has treated several wounded Syrians who arrived at the border fence in the Golan Heights. There is no change in the military’s policies and IDF soldiers are deployed across the border to thwart any attempt to infringe on Israeli sovereignty.”

Posted on March 28, 2013 .