JERUSALEM (JTA) — An American doctor working in an Israeli field hospital on the Golan Heights was injured by gunfire from Syria.
The doctor, who was not named, was treating Syrians wounded in the country’s long-running civil war as part of an Israeli military program when he was hurt Tuesday evening, according to the Israel Defense Forces. The doctor was treated at the scene. The field hospital is located adjacent to the Syrian border.
As a result of the shots fired, one foreign staff member was lightly injured. The incident is being investigated & was possibly stray fire.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) October 10, 2017
The gunfire is believed to be accidental spillover from fighting in the civil war, though the incident is under investigation, according to the IDF. Dozens of mortar and gunfire from Syria has landed in Israel, most on the Golan Heights, during the fighting. The IDF has responded to most of the incidents with return fire.
Over 4,000 people from the Syria fighting have been brought to Israel to receive medical treatment, among them hundreds of children, the IDF said. The military also transfers medicine, supplies and equipment, as well as food to Syrians across the border.