Israel sets up hospitals near Syrian border to treat Injured Syrian refugeesBy Mason White 10:51 AM February 21, 2013
By: Sarah Weiss
Israel has been known for its humanitarian aid to countries around the world when disasters strike.
Now, Israel is at it again and amazingly they are helping those who see them as the enemy. Syria is a war zone where two Muslim groups are fighting each other, leaving hundreds of people dead every day.
Recently, five people from Syria were rescued by IDF soldiers, as they were found injured at the Syrian border. The were transported to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, for treatment.
Now, the The Israel Defense Forces is preparing to build field hospitals near the Syrian border in the Golan Heights, to treat wounded Syrian citizens who are affected by the country’s civil war.
There were a number of issues involved in the decision of setting up the hospital. First and foremost was the humanitarian aspect.
Amongst other reasons were Israel’s national security. With the hospital near the border, Israel will be prepared to help the wounded Syrian people, without having to take the injured for treatment into Israel.
The United Nations’ 1951 Refugee Convention prohibits any government from forcibly repatriating asylum-seekers.
Therefore, building hospitals on the border would allow Israel to help the wounded Syrians without opening the borders to thousands of refugees trying to get into the State of Israel.
Syria and Israel are still officially at war. President Bashar al-Assad claims that Israel is behind the violence in their country.
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