Syrian Children Targeted by Snipers, Only Israel Will Help

— by Ronit Treatman

As the civil war rages in Syria, stories of atrocities against civilians trickle out.

I was contacted by a Syrian pulmonologist, Dr. Sawsan Jabri. She is a member of the Union of Syrian Medical Organizations, whose mission is to provide humanitarian and medical aid to Syrian people trapped in the conflict. Dr. Jabri shared this testimony with me, written by a doctor in Syria, whose identity she would not divulge in order to protect this person’s life.

This physician saw Ula, a 6 year old girl. She was wearing her best clothes during Eid al-Fitr, the break fast of Ramadan, playing on a swing. “All of a sudden Ula fell off the swing,” said the doctor.

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In the emergency room, her mother reported that Ula didn’t utter a sound. What happened? I thought Ula had simply fallen off the swing, much as other kids do elsewhere when they play. The difference is that the other kids get up again soon. We carried out a full assessment but could not explain her unconsciousness. She was not responding at all! We decided to do an X-ray. The image showed that a bullet had settled in the girl’s midbrain.

I spoke with Dr. Jabri by telephone. “This incident occurred on Syria’s border with Turkey,” she told me.

None of Syria’s neighbors are offering medical assistance to wounded Syrian civilians except Israel. We are thankful to Israel. This is humanity regardless of our background and past conflicts. There are many stories like Ula’s every day. Let’s not wait until we see the tragedy of another girl losing her life like Ula.



  1. meme says

    First responder: Meet IDF medic who treats wounded Syrians

    Sgt. Mayan Yogev, IDF’s first responder to wounded Syrians in need of medical attention. ‘She grants every Syrian in need of help medical care without hesitation, as if they’re IDF soldiers,’ soldiers praise, ‘her goal is saving lives, regardless’

    Yoav Zitun

    Published:  10.27.13, 15:51 / Israel News  

    Sgt. Mayan Yogev is probably the busiest paramedic in the IDF: As part of her role as paramedic for the Nahal’s scouting brigade, which patrols Israel’s Golan Heights on the Syrian border, she has become the IDF’s first responder along what has recently becomes Israel’s most pressing border region.

    After a number of strenuous months, during which she took care of hundreds of wounded Syrians, she and her brothers in arms will head south for training. “During the last months she has seen things that your average paramedic sees in a decade,” a senior Nahal commander said.

    “She (Sgt. Yogev) never hesitates. There were dire situations in which she had to give on-the-field care to a victim with a gun shot wound to the head or perform a tracheotomy on 12-year-old girl in critical condition.”

    The IDF refuses to give exact numbers, but according to estimates, Israel has taken in over 800 wounded Syrians. Those in serious condition where taken to local hospitals while others received care in the IDF’s field hospital, which was founded last March and is located in one of the army’s border outposts.

    The border has been so busy with wounded Syrians that a reserve medical brigade training in the Golan was sent to aid the makeshift hospital in its workload.

    ‘Her goal is saving lives, regardless’

    Sgt. Yogev, a 20-year-old from Kibbutz Tzova near Jerusalem, does more than offer care for wounded Syrians. As a combat-paramedic she has also participated in IDF operations along the volatile Syrian border, including ambushes, fighting side-by-side with the elite male soldiers of the Nahal.

    “We weren’t surprised,” said Yitach, Yogev’s brother, “she has a strong character which allows her to deal not just with painful sights but also with difficult challenges without reservation or fear.

    “When she returns home she goes out and has a good time, she speaks of how much she believes in what she is doing, no questions asked. She tells us how she meets people in dire need of help, and does not embellish stories as heroic. Even as a high school student, she knew she wanted to have a meaningful period in the IDF, offering help and saving lives.”

    Her father, David Yogev adds that “it was always important for her to make a contribution and help other people. Her work over the last few months fills me with pride.”

    Her comrades also shower her with praise, saying “she never hesitates joining forces traveling to the most sensitive areas of the border, giving medical attention to every Syrian who reaches the border without thinking twice – as if they were an IDF soldier. Her goal is saving lives, regardless.”

    Around 50% of those completing the IDF’s year and a half pre-conscription paramedics course are female soldiers. In upcoming months the IDF’s medical corps will make history as the first female doctor will join the elite Duvdevan combat unit as its embedded medical professional – serving in both a medical and combative capacity.  

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