Humanitarian medical aid to the Syrian people: Ethical implications and dilemmas

Salman Zarka, Morshid Farhat, Tamar Gidron

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Medical professionals providing humanitarian aid in times of crisis face complicated ethical and clinical challenges. Today, humanitarian aid is given in accordance with existing guidelines developed by international humanitarian organizations and defined by international law. This paper considers the ethical aspects and frameworks of an atypical humanitarian project, namely one that provides medical support through an Israeli civilian hospital to Syrian Civil War casualties. We explore new ethical questions in this unique situation that pose a serious challenge for the medical community and conventional ethical norms, a challenge Israeli medical staff meet on a daily basis. Before discussing the ethical challenges, we give a description of the project and its unique status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-307
Number of pages6
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • Enemy country
  • Ethical conflicts
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Medical ethics


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