Israeli doctors say they're treating a twelve-year-old Syrian boy who suffered serious injuries after heavy shelling in Damascus. Deborah Gembara reports.
A twelve-year-old Syrian boy is among a growing number of Syrians being treated at this hospital in northern Israel. He was injured when a shell exploded near his home outside of Damascus, says a close family friend who took the boy to Lebanon for treatment. Realizing they needed more advanced treatment, the friend then brought him by donkey to an Israeli military post, where soldiers led them to the hospital. Dr. Yosef Pikel is the head of opthamology at Ziv Centre. SOUNDBITE: Head Ophthalmology at Ziv Centre Doctor Yosef Pikel saying: "Well, he is in a very bad position. He lost his right eye. He was primary operated in Beirut, and then he came to us, to a retinal surgery, which was quite difficult and we hope that he has some chance of vision, but we are not sure of that because the gravity of the injury was very bad." He also has a broken hand and leg. Staff here say they're working to try and keep him comfortable. The irony of his predicament is not lost on the family friend who brought him here. While he (family friend) didn't want to show his face on camera, he says that growing up in Syria, he was led to believe Israel was the enemy. These days, he says, it's the Syrian regime they worry about. The hospital is currently treating ten Syrians, and has treated at total of more than 360 since February of last year.