Israeli Hospital Treating Syrians Suffering Emotional Trauma

Syrians run for cover following a reported barrel-bomb attack by pro-government forces on the Dharat Awad neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 20, 2014. In three years, more than 150,000 people have been killed and nearly half the country's population have fled their homes. AFP PHOTO …

The Jerusalem Post reports: Given the enormous death toll of the ongoing war in Syria, it is easy to overlook—or fail to attribute importance to—the psychological well-being of those who have endured. But the severe trauma faced by so many Syrians has left an entire generation with intangible scars. It is an issue that, somewhat counter-intuitively, Syria’s arch-enemy, Israel, is addressing.

The Galilee Medical Center in northern Israel has treated more than 2,300 Syrians over the past five years, almost half of whom were women and children; this, as part of the Israeli army’s Operation Good Neighbor, which grants wounded Syrians access to Israeli health facilities. While patients are generally in need of physical care due to injuries sustained in fighting, the center still places an emphasis on their emotional condition.

Hana Solomon, Director of the Social Work Department at the Galilee Medical Center explained to The Media Line that the hospital “absorbs the bulk of injured Syrians, whereas other Israeli medical institutions such as Ziv, Rambam and Poriya accept smaller amounts.”

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