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Monday, August 14, 2006

'Moderately' wounded Hezbullah guerilla being treated in Israel

What do you think are the odds of the opposite of this story happening - of an injured Israeli soldier being treated and not killed in Lebanon?

A 'moderately' wounded Hezbullah guerilla is being treated for shrapnel wounds to his chest in the Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya tonight.

Dr. Daniel Shani, executive director of the hospital in Nahariya, told the Jerusalem Post that the guerilla arrived in good condition. "He was brought to us by ambulance at around 5:30 a.m., and his condition was, generally speaking, good. He had an open wound in his right shoulder," and other shrapnel wounds elsewhere on his body.

Dr. Shani said that the treatment that he was receiving was no different than that of the average Israeli patient. "The ethnicity of the wounded is not important," he said.

The doctor also said that the hospital staff received orders from the army that after the prisoner is treated, he will then be transferred to another hospital (according to YNet, he was already transferred to Poriya Hospital in Tverya (Tiberias) this afternoon), in order to distance the prisoner from Israeli soldiers who are currently hospitalized in the same building.

The guerilla, 27, from the village of el-Hiam, was being carefully guarded by military police.

YNet reports that originally, the operative seemed to think that he was in a Lebanese hospital or UN outpost on Lebanese soil, however, due to the Hebrew conversations around him, he eventually understood that he had been taken prisoner. He told the journalists straining to interview him: "Tell my family I am alive, injured, and receiving medical treatment."

A number of hours later, hospital workers managed to get a little information from the operative. "My name is Abdullah Nasser and I only ask that my family be told that I'm alive and wounded," he said. "Believe me, I'm sorry about this war and everything it's caused. Now I only hope for peace and that I'll be able to return home. We didn't hear of a ceasefire, our fighters in the field were told nothing of such a thing."


At 1:20 AM, Blogger anonymous said...

"What do you think are the odds of the opposite of this story happening - of an injured Israeli soldier being treated and not killed in Lebanon?"

This whole thing got started because Hezballah wanted prisioners so why wouldn't they want more? One live Israeli has been worth a hundred Arab prisioners in past exchanges.

Or are you saying that after Israel's "disproportionate" response Hezballah has figured out that they need Israeli prisioners like they need a hole in the head? ;)

At 1:42 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

I don't think they need additional prisoners - their demands will be the same whether they have two prisoners or ten. And even if they don't get what they want for Goldwasser and Regev, they still have Ron Arad (1986), Zach Baumol and Yehuda Katz(1982), and can always trade 'information' for more terrorists.


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