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Report: Israeli doctor secretly enters Nablus to treat Palestinian

Feb. 27, 2013 8:34 P.M. (Updated: March 3, 2013 10:43 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An expert anesthesiologist from Israel secretly visited a Palestinian hospital in the occupied West Bank to treat a man injured by Jewish settlers, Israeli media reported Wednesday.

Micha Shamir, of Hadassah Resuscitation School and Service, and an Israeli nurse went to Nablus on Sunday to move a 27-year-old Palestinian who was seriously injured by settlers in Qusra, the Hebrew-language daily Maariv reported.

Israeli settlers shot two Palestinians in Qusra on Saturday. Hilmi Abdul Azizi was injured in the stomach, and Khalid Nafed was injured in the foot when settlers attacked villagers' homes.

"Seemingly Israel was very concerned about saving the injured man’s life. Going to Nablus was dangerous and I had several moments of fear," Shamir told Maariv.

The patient was being treated in a local hospital but his life was in danger and the hospital sought medical help from Israel. Officials contacted Shamir to ask if he would go to Nablus without a military escort.

"I did not think twice before I agreed," the anesthesiologist said.

The mission was approved after coordination with the mayor of Nablus and the Israeli Civil Administration, and Palestinian police accompanied the doctor.

"For a decade, there hasn't been such a mission," Shamir said.

A Palestinian vehicle waited at the entrance to Nablus, and the driver sped past Palestinian protesters who were clashing with Israeli troops near a military checkpoint.

Shamir spent over an hour examining the patient before they could move him, Maariv said.

The injured man was then evacuated by ambulance to a nearby Israeli military base where a helicopter was waiting to take him to hospital in Israel, according to the report.

As they left the Nablus hospital, the Israeli medics saw dozens of Palestinians gathering near the hospital.

"When we entered the hospital, nobody knew about us, but the mission had already been exposed and anyone could have done whatever they wanted," Shamir said.

"The way we were escorted was praiseworthy. The Palestinian security used an ambulance and some security patrols for camouflage to secure our mission."
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