The IDF on Sunday announced that seven Syrians wounded in their war-ravaged country were recently admitted to Israel for medical treatment.
The wounded Syrians, including one man, four women and two children, had been wounded by shrapnel from civil war fighting in villages near the border with Israel. Among the wounded, a two-year-old girl who suffered severe head injuries was airlifted on Thursday night along with her mother to an Israeli hospital, the military released for publication on Sunday.
That same night, IDF medical teams evacuated the addition wounded Syrians to hospitals in northern Israel.
The Israeli 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 weapons attack.
In January, Interior Minister Arye Deri approved the humanitarian plan – put together by his ministry’s Population and Immigration Authority and the Jewish Agency – but according to a source familiar with the dossier, the matter has since become stuck at the Prime Minister’s Office.
The IDF began in 2013 to threat wounded Syrian who arrived to 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.
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