Seven Arrested for Attacking Doctors, Guards at Hospitals in Northern Israel

A number of incidents occurred at Haifa's Rambam Medical Center, while at the Western Galilee Hospital, relatives of a patient who died damaged equipment and attacked guards

The emergency room entrance at Rambam Medical Center.
Hagai Frid

The police arrested seven people over the past several days who are suspected of attacking doctors or security personnel at two hospitals in northern Israel.

Four of the suspects were arrested Thursday for allegedly attacking a doctor and security guards at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, and the other three were detained Saturday following an assault on security guards at the Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya.

Rambam Medical Center reported that while an orthopedist was examining a patient, a man and woman entered the room and confronted the doctor. A security guard was called and the man spat on him. The woman was taken to the emergency room for medical treatment, but she and two female relatives attacked another guard there and were all removed from the emergency room, the hospital said.

At the same time, three other people unconnected to the first group attacked security guards and another man outside of the emergency room.

Following that incident, a female relative of one of those detained grabbed onto the exterior of a police cruiser as it was leaving the scene and fell to the ground. Police said she would be questioned later.

At the hospital in Nahariya, three people from the nearby community of Jadeidi-Makr were arrested. Following the death of a relative of theirs at the hospital, one of the three damaged medical and office equipment, and two other family members attacked security guards in the hospital parking lot, the hospital said. The security guards required medical treatment.