Israeli government treats wounded Syrians from the civil warBy Mason White 12:53 PM February 17, 2013
|Border area between Syria and Israel|
By: David Ross
The government of Israel announced that it has been treating wounded Syrians who suffered injuries from the civil war, according to press reports in Israel.
Israeli soldiers had treated five Syrians who had been wounded in the fighting between government forces and Syrian rebels near the security fence of Israel in the Golan Heights, the Israeli army said Saturday.
The victims were taken to a hospital inside Israel. The army did not say whether they were combatants or civilians. The army did not disclose the circumstances under which they crossed the Israeli side of the fence, but the Israeli press said that the wounded had come to the area near the fence and the soldiers let them in.
Syrian rebels invaded a military police checkpoint in Khan Arnabeh, a village in the Golan Heights, near the ceasefire line along the demilitarized zone with Israel, a British violence monitoring group, said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the rebels seized weapons and an army tank from within the area of the ceasefire between Israel and Syria.
It was unclear whether the five Syrians being treated in Israel were injured in that incident.
Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon, in a television interview, he referred to it as a “specific incident” and said that the decision to allow the Syrians was humanitarian. Israel will evaluate each individual case if it happens again, he said.
“Our policy has not changed. We are not intervening in the civil war in Syria, and we will not allow a stream of refugees into Israel,” Yaalon said.
The Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 war, has been largely untouched by the uprising of 23 months in Syria. Israel has been on guard for the spread of violence and refugee flows in the strategic plateau.