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April 15, 2002

China’s ambassador to Israel visited two Chinese construction workers who were critically injured in last week’s terror attack at the Machaneh Yehuda market and are being treated in Shaare Zedek’s intensive care unit. Another two Chinese citizens were killed in the same attack. 

The ambassador, Pan Zhanlin, was escorted to the patients’ bedsides by Knesset member Ayoob Kara, head of the Knesset’s committee for foreign workers, who assured him that the State of Israel would do everything possible from a humanitarian perspective to assist the injured Chinese citizens. “We will work together with the Republic of China to make the best of the situation,” he said.

MK Kara explained that according to the law, the National Insurance Institute provides all terror victims with whatever financial support they need, without regard to their status in the country.

Prof. Jonathan Halevy, director-general of Shaare Zedek, welcomed the ambassador to the hospital, and said that although the condition of both victims is severe, he has great hopes for their eventual recovery.

One of the victims lost an arm and a leg and incurred severe chest injuries. He was brought straight from the ambulance to the operating theater in an intensive effort to save his life, and was given 26 units of blood during surgery.

The other victim lost a hand and suffered severe fractures to one leg and severe burns to most of his body.

For both, the most dangerous part of their recovery is still ahead, explained ICU head Dr. Moshe Hirsh. “It is generally from the third day following the injury that the risk of infection increases significantly, and that is the stage they are both at now,” he said.

The ambassador, quoting Confucius, said that peace is more precious than anything, and said that “both sides must make great efforts to stop the violence and restart the negotiations.” He strongly condemned the suicide bombings and all attacks on civilians.