In Quneitra with Syrian Rebel Fighter Treated in Israel for Injuries

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Bir Ajam, Qunaitra Province, Syria
November 2014

A fighter from the Nusra Front has revealed in an interview with a Transterra Media contributor that three months ago he was treated in Israel for a bone fracture and severed nerves in his arm.
He said he spent 10 days in an Israeli hospital.
The interview was shot in late November 2014 in the village of Bir Ajam in Qunaitra province near the Syrian-Israeli border.
The fighter appears in this footage wearing military fatigues with his right arm wrapped.
Rebels from the Free Syrian Army and the Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda, control territories in south Syria adjacent to Israel and the occupied Golan Heights.
This video also includes an interview with the head of a field hospital in the village, who said his makeshift treatment center lacks basic medical supplies and surgical equipment. The physician said that wounded militants and civilians who cannot be treated at his hospital are transported to “neighboring countries” without naming them.

NOTE During the recording of the interview with the fighter, the Transterra Media contributor was detained several times by the Nusra Front and portions of his recording were confiscated.

Shot List

00:00
Wide shot of Israeli military position.

00:22
Traveling shot of destroyed houses near the border.
00:30
Various shots of UN peacekeeping and Israeli positions.

01:47
Interview with Dr. Abu Humam, head of field hospital in Bir Ajam village, Qunaitra on the border with Israel (Man, Arabic)
“The hospital receives fighters injured in battles, as well as civilians wounded by random artillery shells fired by the regime. “The injuries are varied – they could be in the chest, abdomen and limbs. Their seriousness also varies. Some injuries are medium and others are critical and lead to death.
“[Regarding the services that the hospital offers] there is a shortage of basic supplies, such as sterilized cotton gauze, anesthetics and vital medical devices that should be available in every hospital. For example, the hospital lacks intensive care devices and oxygen. We have been suffering from a lack of oxygen for six months. There is also a lack of other supplies that cannot be mentioned for lack of time. “Patients are transferred to neighboring countries when they need special treatment, such as nerve surgery or blood vessel surgery. Also, there is no intensive care unit.”

04:04
(Arabic) Interview with (unnamed) Nusra Front fighter (man) who was treated in Israel -When did you to Israel? -Three months ago.

-How were you transported to Israel? -I was transported through the border crossing in an ambulance through a military road.

-How long did you stay in Israel? -I spent 10 days.

-How did doctors treat you? -Doctors treated me well and humanely.

-What is your injury? - I have a fractured arm and severed nerves.

  • How did you return from Israel? -I returned to from Israel into the liberated areas through the border crossing while under anesthetics.

04:54
Wide shot of UN peacekeeping position.

05:28
Traveling shot of territory behind barbed wires