Grenade found in pocket of Syrian in Safed hospital

Explosive found in pocket of Syrian man wounded in civil war and admitted into Israel for treatment; hospital temporarily evacuated.

June 6, 2013 17:07
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Israeli Syrian border in the Golan Heights

Golan border Syria truck 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

Security personnel at Ziv Medical Center in Safed Thursday evacuated the emergency room and trauma unit after a stun grenade was found in the pocket of one of two wounded Syrian nationals who were transferred to the hospital earlier in the day, Channel 10 reported.

According to the report, sappers were called to the scene to neutralize the weapon, after which patients were permitted to return to the previously evacuated areas.

The grenade was safely disposed of, police said.  

No injuries were reported.

The two Syrian citizens had reportedly been wounded during clashes between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebel troops.

One of the wounded men arrived unconscious to the medical center with gunshot wounds in the chest, and the other sustained a gunshot wound in the abdomen, according to Channel 2.

"This is the first time such a thing has happened to me and from what I recall in the history of the hospital," Channel 2 quoted Dr. Oscar Ambon, director of Ziv Medical Center in Safed as saying.

A Syrian citizen with moderate injuries from a gunshot wound in the stomach was admitted to Ziv Medical Center last Thursday.

In March, the IDF provided medical assistance to seven injured Syrians who arrived at the border with Israel, although one man suffering from a gunshot wound to the head succumbed to his wounds.

Judy Siegeand Yaakov Lapin contributed to this report.

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