Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon has seen “on the order of 110 casualties of one form or another,” says Dr. Jonathan Rieck, director of the Emergency Medicine Department.
“Most of the cases have been mild, most have been stress reactions,” he says. There were four or five serious casualties, either as the result of direct rocket strikes or blast injuries associated with the rocket strikes, he added.
Ten patients of all types are still being treated.
Patients have been moved to missile-safe areas, limiting somewhat the hospital’s overall capacity.
Rieck says that the hospital received the four people hit in the deadly missile attack on the Gaza border.
Rieck says that as he has treated patients of Hamas attacks in recent years, he has noticed an increase in the lethality of ordnance, both anti-tank missiles and rockets.