A day after a rocket fired by Hamas hit an Israeli military vehicle, an Israeli doctor who specializes in the treatment of wounded soldiers said the IDF needs to stop treating wounded soldiers like civilians.
On Monday, a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip hit an IDF patrol vehicle in the Eshkol region near the city of Ashkelon.
One soldier was injured in the incident, according to the military.
On Tuesday, the IDF responded with a barrage of strikes on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.
In a series of Facebook posts, Dr. Oren Yavna, a doctor at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, criticized the IDF for treating wounded troops as civilians and said the military’s policy is to treat soldiers as if they were combatants.
The IDF has been under pressure to improve its treatment of injured soldiers since last week, when a group of soldiers from the Givati Brigade were killed during an operation in the south of the country.
The Givats killed eight of the soldiers, including a 16-year-old Israeli and a 25-year old from the United Arab Emirates.
A number of wounded Israeli soldiers are also in a serious condition at Shaar Ein Kerem military hospital in central Israel, according the Israeli military.
Yavna said the Giva Brigades were trained in military medicine, and there is a danger that soldiers are being treated like civilians as a result of the IDF’s policy of treating soldiers as combatants.
“I think that we need to rethink the way we treat wounded soldiers.
I believe that we should stop treating them like civilians,” Yavnas post read.
“The IDF should stop trying to treat wounded warriors as if the soldiers they are treating are combatants and instead treat them like normal soldiers.”
The Giva Brigade is led by a commander of the Israel Defense Forces who served in Gaza during the war.
A spokesperson for the IDF said the soldiers were killed in the operation, which involved the assassination of a senior Hamas commander.
Hamas has long accused Israel of using the Gives Brigade, which is led under the command of the group’s leader, Ghassan Hanegbi, as a terrorist organization.
Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has previously called the Givas Brigade “terrorists,” saying it is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian civilians in recent years.
The military said in a statement that the Gave Brigades had “reached a critical juncture in the fight against the Palestinian resistance.”