Israel treats wounded Syrians who approach border

Army treats wounded Syrians citing humanitarian reasons, evacuates two to Israeli hospitals for further treatment.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 27, 2013 12:46
IDF tanks along the Syrian border on Golan Heights

IDF tanks along the Syrian border on Golan Heights 370 (R). (photo credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters)

The army provided medical care to seven wounded Syrians who approached the Golan border fence on Wednesday, evacuating two of them to Israeli hospitals for further treatment, after which they will be returned to Syria, the IDF Spokesman’s Office said.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz approved the treatment, which was provided for humanitarian reasons.

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The Syrians were wounded in the civil war between forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and armed rebels. The Golan Heights’ eastern foothills, under Syrian control, have seen increased fighting between the sides.

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Israel treated four wounded Syrians last week, evacuating two of them to Israeli hospitals for further treatment. In February, Israel took in seven wounded Syrians for treatment, admitting them to Ziv Hospital in Safed.

Last year, two Austrian peacekeeping soldiers wounded in crossfire in Syria were transferred to Israel for treatment.

Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.


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