Israeli Border Police in Hebron provided immediate medical treatment to a Palestinian boy in distress.
A Border Police medic on Wednesday provided essential medical treatment to an injured Palestinian boy outside the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the city of Hebron.
Soldiers securing the holy site noticed the boy, aged 12, bleeding from his face. They approached him and inquired about his situation. He told them that he had fallen down at home on his face.
The Israeli troops alerted a female medic who administered first aid and referred him to further treatment at a local clinic.
The Border Police commanders praised the troops for responding rapidly and professionally, stating that they viewed their ability to administer treatment to anyone, regardless of race or nationality, as a privilege.
Not the First Time
This incident is by no means a unique instance of Israelis providing Palestinians with medical treatment. Israeli hospitals and medical teams have a long track record of treating Palestinian patients.
Earlier this month, Israeli Border Police operating in Hebron saved the life of a nine-month-old Palestinian baby.
The troops heard shouts coming from a house situated near the Tomb of the Patriarchs. They rushed to the scene to find an unconscious baby boy whose face had turned blue and whose family was extremely distraught. The troops began to administrate CPR as an Israeli medical team arrived at the scene, and the baby’s breathing was finally restored.
Israel and the IDF regularly offer medical services and expertise to Palestinian care providers and patients, in many cases free of charge.
In July 2015, the IDF established an entire reserves company with the sole mission of providing medical care and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian population.
IDF medical teams and Israeli civilian emergency units from communities in Judea and Samaria regularly treat local Arabs, often after car accidents, for a broad array of ailments and injuries. Walking to an IDF checkpoint or to the front gate of an Israeli community for medical treatment is common practice among Arabs living in the Palestinian Authority-administered territories. During some months, Israeli medics treat more Palestinians than Israelis.