Chawarah Checkpoint Soldiers Demand Eye Protection


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Soldiers manning the Chawarah Checkpoint in Shomron, one of the more difficult IDF crossings in Yehuda and Shomron, are demanding eye protection and calling for measures to protect them at their post. After this week’s second acid attack at the checkpoint, the soldiers are requesting protective eye gear to avoid a third occurrence. On Tuesday, some soldier already took matters into their own hands, opting to wear goggles to protect their eyes.

The army has already placed a bucket of water aside the soldiers in the event they require a quick rinse against any substance that might be thrown at them.

In Beilinson Hospital, the soldier who underwent surgery on his right eye after sustaining serious chemical burns in the attack is reported to be resting. The head of the hospital’s ophthalmology department, Prof. Dov Weinberger, reports that it will take a number of days until they will know if the surgical procedure to restore sight to his eye was successful. He reports damage to the front of the eye and the cornea was extensive. His left eye was also burned, although less severely.

Prof. Weinberger adds that he has been consulting with experts in the field both in Israel and out of the country to ensure the soldier has the best possible chance of a full recovery.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)