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Injured Druze IDF Commander: “I Have Many Soldiers There. I Need to Return.”

The Israeli media reported today that Col. Ghassan Alian, one of the highest ranking Druze in the IDF, who was wounded in battle yesterday, is anxious to return to battle.

The Times of Israel reports:

Col. Ghassan Elian, the Golani Brigade commander injured in overnight clashes in the northern Gaza Strip, is asking doctors to let him rejoin his soldiers.

Elian was injured in his eye, but his vision is not affected. He was airlifted to Beersheba’s Soroka Hospital, where his condition was upgraded from moderate to lightly injured.

“I have many soldiers there. I need to return,” he says, according to Channel 10.

The Times reports that the doctors will not let him leave yet as he still has shrapnel in his body.

Israel Today adds, “Late last year, Col. Ghassan Alian, an Israeli Druze, made headlines when he became the first non-Jewish commander of the fabled brigade.”

[Photo: Israel Defense Forces / Flickr ]