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Hezbollah rocket explodes at entrance to Safed’s Ziv Hospital

Updated: Feb 17

Hezbollah rocket explodes at entrance to Safed’s Ziv Hospital
An Israeli policeman inspects the impact crater left by a rocket fired from southern Lebanon where it landed near the entrance of Ziv hospital in Israel's northern city of Safed on February 14, 2024 (Photo by Jalaa MAREY / AFP)

Ziv Medical Center in Safed announces that one of the rockets in the barrage launched from Lebanon that slammed into the city yesterday landed at the hospital’s entrance.

Security video from the hospital shows people getting out of cars and disembarking from buses to take cover shortly before the rocket hit extremely close by. A security guard is seen instructing everyone to quickly go to a secure area and helps a mother and baby exit their car. They are seen running toward shelter after the impact.

A soldier, Staff Sgt. Omer Sarah Benjo, was killed in the attack, and 10 wounded people were brought to Ziv Medical Center for treatment. One, a reserve solder, was transferred to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa for neurosurgery for a severe head injury.

An Israeli medical team transports a person wounded in a rocket attack © Jalaa MAREY / AFP
An Israeli medical team transports a person wounded in a rocket attack.


Renee Ghert-Zand is a health reporter and a feature writer for The Times of Israel.

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