Ashkelon hospital moves premature baby unit to bomb shelter

With rockets landing nearby, Barzilai medical center shifts some activities underground

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Barzilai Medical Center, Ashkelon (photo credit: Tsafrir Abayovr/Flash90)
Barzilai Medical Center, Ashkelon (photo credit: Tsafrir Abayovr/Flash90)

The Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon moved some of its patients and treatment rooms to underground bomb shelters, Channel 10 reported on Monday.

The premature baby unit was moved to underground shelters as a precaution against a possible missile strike on the hospital. In addition, oncology and dialysis patients will receive their treatments in the shelters. Hospital officials told Reshet Bet that depending on further developments in the ongoing rocket fire from Gaza, other units may also be relocated.

A planned project to build a fortified emergency room at the Barzilai center was delayed in the past over objections by ultra-Orthodox Jews who violently protested against the construction work that required relocating ancient graves, thought to be Jewish.


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