The IDF on Sunday announced that a group of Syrians, wounded in their war-ravaged country, were admitted to Israel for medical treatment.
The seven Syrians, including one man, four women and two children, were wounded by shrapnel from civil war fighting in villages near the border with Israel in the Golan Heights. According the IDF Spokesperson's Unity, whcih released the information for publication on Sunday, among the wounded was a two-year-old girl who suffered severe head injuries and was airlifted on Thursday night along with her mother to an Israeli hospital.
That same night, IDF medical teams evacuated the additional wounded Syrians to hospitals in northern Israel.
The Israeli medical aid effort occurred the day before the US carried out an unprecedented missile attack on an air base in northern Syria, prompted by a deadly poison gas attack that Washington said was carried out by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
In the wake of that development, various Israeli officials urged the government to assist Syrian victims of the chemical weapon attack
. In January, Interior Minister Arye Deri approved the humanitarian plan – compiled by his ministry’s Population and Immigration Authority and the Jewish Agency – but, according to a source familiar with the the matter, it is still awaiting approval from the Prime Minister’s Office.
In 2013, the IDF began to treat wounded Syrians who arrived at the border in the Golan Heights seeking assistance. Since then, Israel has provided medical treatment to some 3,000 wounded Syrians, according to the army.