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The Daily TIP: Mother Who Rescued Sons Recalls Rocket Attack from Gaza That Destroyed Home

Posted by Tip Staff - October 22, 2018

Mother Who Rescued Sons Recalls Rocket Attack from Gaza That Destroyed Home
Baby of Syrian Refugees Returns to Israel for Second Life-Saving Surgery
U.S. Announces That It is Moving Consulate to Jerusalem Embassy
Haifa's Rambam Hospital Teams with Georgia Tech to Launch Med-Tech Incubator in Atlanta

Mother Who Rescued Sons Recalls Rocket Attack from Gaza That Destroyed Home

A woman who saved her sons by dragging them out of bed Wednesday morning before a rocket launched from Gaza hit their home in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, recalled that as soon as she and the boys reached the shelter, an explosion rocked the house, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

Miri Tamano, a divorced mother of three, awakened after hearing a siren at about 3:30 in the morning warning of an incoming rocket and woke her three sons, ages 8, 9, and 12, brought them into the home's bomb shelter and shut the blast door. Just after they closed the door, the rocket, carrying 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of explosives, hit. The four were rattled by the close call, but otherwise unharmed.

The explosion destroyed much of the second floor, where the boys' bedrooms were located.

"We didn’t even manage to sit down and there was a mighty blast,” Tamano told an Israeli news show, Hadashot.

The Times noted that Tamano's quick actions have been "credited with saving their lives, and likely keeping hostilities in the restive region from snowballing out of hand."

Tamano described her family's escape from harm as a "miracle" that "the whole of Israel saw."

A neighbor of Tamano's, Segev Naveh, told The Israel Project that he had not heard the siren and said of the rocket, "if it was falling on my house I would be dead for sure."

When Hapoel Beersheba, the local soccer team, heard that one of the boys lost his wallet with the team's logo on it in the attack, it provided uniforms for the three boys and made arrangments for them to meet the team.

Baby of Syrian Refugees Returns to Israel for Second Life-Saving Surgery

A Syrian baby suffering from a severe heart defect was flown from Cyprus to Israel on Tuesday to receive special treatment at Sheba Hospital in Be’er Sheva. The baby first traveled to Israel in December, just days after he was born, to receive life-saving surgery, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Last year, the baby was transported to Israel on a special medically-equipped plane from Cyprus, where the child's parents, are residing in a refugee camp. His life was saved thanks to the procedure at Sheba Medical Center’s Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital.

Authorization for the treatment was given by Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, after Cypriot authorities approached the Israeli embassy in the country with an urgent request to treat the baby.

After the first procedure, the baby and his father remained in Israel for some time before flying back to Cyprus. “During the baby’s time in the hospital, we made sure that the family felt at home and we will continue to follow his progress,” said Dr. David Mishali, chief of pediatric and congenital cardiothoracic surgery at Safra.

Israel has long extended aid to Syrian refugees on its border and elsewhere and has treated over 3,000 Syrian patients in its hospitals. A pregnant Syrian woman entered Israel in March to receive treatment at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa to save her life and that of her baby.

As part of Operation Good Neighbor, the IDF has transferred over 1,524 tons of food, 947,520 liters of fuel, 7,933 diaper packages, 54 tons of baby food, 24,900 boxes of medicine and medical equipment, 775 medical equipment units, 250 tons of clothing, 13,920 hygienic products, and more than 300 tents to Syrians since June 2016.

U.S. Announces That It is Moving Consulate to Jerusalem Embassy

The United States State Department announced that it would be closing its Jerusalem consulate and transfer its responsibilities to its newly-established embassy in the city, in order to ensure that the U.S. speaks "with one voice," a senior administration told The Jerusalem Post Thursday.

The official said that streamlining the operations of the two diplomatic missions would help the administration implement its peace plan and would avoid the problem of having them give "mixed messages" to the Israelis and Palestinians.

In his statement announcing the move, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the administration plans "to achieve significant efficiencies and increase our effectiveness" through the merger.

"We will continue to conduct a full range of reporting, outreach, and programming in the West Bank and Gaza as well as with Palestinians in Jerusalem through a new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside U.S. Embassy Jerusalem," Pompeo said.

The secretary reiterated that the move of the consulate into the embassy did not signal a change in policy, saying, "United States continues to take no position on final status issues, including boundaries or borders." Those will be left to "final status negotiations between the parties."

Pompeo also said that the administration remained committed to "achieving a lasting and comprehensive peace that offers a brighter future to Israel and the Palestinians." He added that the administration looked forward to having a "continued partnership," with the Palestinian people, and "we hope in the future, with the Palestinian leadership."

The Palestinian Authority has been boycotting any talks with the U.S. since President Donald Trump announced that he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital late last year.

Haifa's Rambam Hospital Teams with Georgia Tech to Launch Med-Tech Incubator in Atlanta

Rambam Health Care Campus of Haifa and the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) – an affiliate of the Georgia Institute of Technology — are partnering to start a med-tech incubator for Israeli-based companies in Atlanta.

GCMI, along with Rambam doctors and specialists from various fields, will provide advice and consultation to Israeli companies at the new Biomedical and Digital Health Innovation Center to help them obtain funding, navigate commercialization and regulatory clearance and other necessities for entering the US healthcare market.

“Israeli engineering and entrepreneurial expertise regularly translate to medical devices capable of improving patient outcomes while driving the overall cost of care down in many parts of the world, including the United States. We believe our commercialization pathway expertise will increase the speed at which Israeli med-tech innovations achieve key milestones and ultimately FDA clearance for use in the United States,” said GCMI CEO Tiffany Wilson.

Companies selected for the incubator will be hosted for six to 12 months.

Rafi Beyar, CEO and of Rambam Health Care Campus, said he was “excited by this unique and promising partnership, which is a win-win for Israel and Atlanta. Rambam’s highly advanced med-tech ecosystem, based in and around Haifa, Israel’s largest northern city, can benefit from the deep knowledge of Georgia’s Global Center for Medical Innovation in how to most efficiently get its medical products to the market and in doing so, help patients around the world.”

The Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast, Connex America Israel Business Connector, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce also support the venture.

(via Israel21c)

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