Israel treats wounded Syrians along border

Ziv hospital, israelIsraeli soldiers provided medical treatment to wounded Syrians who approached the countries’ border and then transported them to a hospital in Israel for further treatment, the military said Saturday, in the first instance of Syrians finding shelter from their country’s civil in the Jewish state.

A military spokeswoman says soldiers gave the wounded Syrians initial medical treatment near the security fence along the frontier in the Golan Heights and then evacuated them to an Israeli hospital. She would not elaborate further and spoke on condition of anonymity in line with protocol.

The seven wounded Syrians are receiving medical treatment at Ziv hospital in the northern city of Safed. A hospital spokeswoman said they sustained serious injuries to internal organs and limbs. She said one is in critical condition and the rest are in serious condition.

Israel and Syria have fought several wars and although the two nations have been enemies, Israel is concerned that if the Assad regime is toppled, Syria could fall into the hands of Islamic extremists. Israel also worries that anti-Israel groups such as Hezbollah could gain access to President Bashar Assad’s stockpile of chemical weapons. There also are concerns that al-Qaida-linked groups battling Assad could turn their focus toward Israel.

“It was on a humanitarian basis,” Israeli Vice Premier Moshe Yaalon told channel two TV. “Refugees approached the border, received medical treatment, and we decided to bring them in for treatment in our territory in light of their condition,” he said. Yaalon stressed that there is no change in Israeli policy and that a large influx of Syrians will not be allowed.

It was unclear whether the Syrians are rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad, forces loyal to him or civilians caught in the crossfire.

Syrian activists reported fighting in the Quneitra region on Saturday, which is on the cease-fire line between Syria and Israel in the Golan Heights.

Israel has said its policy is not to get involved in the Syrian civil war. It has however retaliated to sporadic Syrian fire that has spilled over into Israeli communities in the Golan Heights. Several mortar shells have exploded in orchards, spreading panic, sparking fires and prompting Israeli forces to fire back.

In November, Israeli tanks struck a Syrian artillery launcher after a mortar shell flew into Israeli-held territory.

The conflict has already spilled over into several of Syria’s other neighbors — whether through direct violence or via the flood of refugees fleeing the bloodshed.

Israel has warily watched the fighting in Syria. It has found itself in a difficult position as clashes rage near its frontier with the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau it captured from Syria in the 1967 war.

Despite constant hostility between the two countries, Syria has been careful to keep the border quiet since the 1973 Mideast war. Syria has over the years provided support and refuge for Israel’s bitterest enemies, including the Iranian-backed Hezbollah of Lebanon.

ABC/AP

  • guss043

    amazing how history repeats itself.1976 Christians of Marjeoiun and other shiites villages have 2options stays and get slaughtered by Plo and Ahmad elKhatib so called Arab Lebanese Army Or ask Israel for help. Tidays Is them proof that Syrians would welcome Israel Help Rather than be slaughetered By Assad troops Or NousraAll Israel wars dont amount to 1%Of the atrocties of the moslem to each other From Iraq To Syria tp Afghanistan. And all what we hear is the Islam is the religion of peace. You tell me except the oslamic world is thete any major slaughte going on in the world.Today any syrisn will tell u That if Israel offer to end the syrian conflict it will be welcomed!!!

    • 5thDrawer

      Yes. Mentally, a different ‘humanity’.

  • Guss Gibs

    amazing how history repeats itself.1976 Christians of Marjeoiun and other shiites villages have 2options stays and get slaughtered by Plo and Ahmad elKhatib so called Arab Lebanese Army Or ask Israel for help. Tidays Is them proof that Syrians would welcome Israel Help Rather than be slaughetered By Assad troops Or NousraAll Israel wars dont amount to 1%Of the atrocties of the moslem to each other From Iraq To Syria tp Afghanistan. And all what we hear is the Islam is the religion of peace. You tell me except the oslamic world is thete any major slaughte going on in the world.Today any syrisn will tell u That if Israel offer to end the syrian conflict it will be welcomed!!!

    • 5thDrawer

      Yes. Mentally, a different ‘humanity’.

  • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

    Still think I live in a racist state? Are we human to you all yet? If the reverse occurred, would Syria or Lebanon allow Israeli Jews in???

    • Hannibal

      I, like many Lebanese, would allow an Israeli Jew in for touristic and medical and humanitarian reasons. Lebanese Jews should all come back… It is a shame they left as they were part of the diverse makeup of the state of Lebanon. That being said I still believe that Israel is an apartheid state. Can you look me in the eyes and say that a Palestinian native is treated better than an immigrant Jew?

    • guss043

      I think so dont forget that back in history when the Arabs or the people of the Levant, -Arab is a language not a race- ruled , the Jewish had very good positions .In Sultan palace,they were advisers and until now the Jews in Morocco have very good status and they love living there, ,as the Moroccans or Berbers were the one who ruled Spain . Don’t forget most of the Atrocities against the Jews were done by the west ,Germany,Hungary,Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania,Latvia ,France, Italy, Vatican,Spain, The so called civilized French contributed and collaborated with the Nazis to ship the Jews to various concentration camps. We have to give right were right belong, if it wasn’t to the creation of Israel, the Jews in the Levant were enjoying life more than Europe where they lived in Ghettos there .They had shops ,businesses , In Lebanon, Syria, Iraq,Egypt .Christianity in the west is like a stone sitting in the fountain for hundreds of years , ,the stone is wet from the outside but when you crack it is dry inside , as the Christianity in the west never sipped to the veins,When the crusaders entered Jerusalem they slaughtered 2000 to 5000 Christians there not knowing that there were Christian living there or they did actually know ( it is a question mark ) , that’s why the pope John Paul the second was the first pope to apologise for the whole atroticites cmmitted by the crusaders ..Back to your question ,most Middle Eastern will welcome the Jews and treat them well ,, but there will be always few that they will commit bad things, but trust me no country in the middle east will ever reach the atrocities done by Hitler ,Staline, and now unfortunaltely Assad could be joined to the list, no wonder because many of the Alawites decendants come back to the crusaders , that’s why many of them or most have blonde ,or brown hair and blue eyes!! ( note :even the British are not better ,just read the book called “Human Smoke” and you will be surprised that Winston Churchill thinking wasn’t far from HItler, so are many american leaders , ) ,the cruelty of the west surpass any history of Islam or other religion ( even the Mongols as they had no religion and their killing was part of their war not a planned systematic killing ), I called them west because they are non-Christians anyway not before not now

    • disqus_e68VGiBKGC

      i can tell you one thing when the war was in lebanon and the israel;s where training a group even they said they where allied they israels always pointed there guns at there back the israels jet slap a direct hit on the milan rockets in chouf area the israels allowed scam back jumblat to wipe up the christian the israel betray lahed in the north don;t tell us about the israels we know how good they are

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=565030528 Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

    Still think I live in a racist state? Are we human to you all yet? If the reverse occurred, would Syria or Lebanon allow Israeli Jews in???

    • Hannibal

      I, like many Lebanese, would allow an Israeli Jew in for touristic and medical and humanitarian reasons. Lebanese Jews should all come back… It is a shame they left as they were part of the diverse makeup of the state of Lebanon. That being said I still believe that Israel is an apartheid state. Can you look me in the eyes and say that a Palestinian native is treated better than an immigrant Jew?

    • Guss Gibs

      I think so dont forget that back in history when the Arabs or the people of the Levant, -Arab is a language not a race- ruled , the Jewish had very good positions .In Sultan palace,they were advisers and until now the Jews in Morocco have very good status and they love living there, ,as the Moroccans or Berbers were the one who ruled Spain . Don’t forget most of the Atrocities against the Jews were done by the west ,Germany,Hungary,Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania,Latvia ,France, Italy, Vatican,Spain, The so called civilized French contributed and collaborated with the Nazis to ship the Jews to various concentration camps. We have to give right were right belong, if it wasn’t to the creation of Israel, the Jews in the Levant were enjoying life more than Europe where they lived in Ghettos there .They had shops ,businesses , In Lebanon, Syria, Iraq,Egypt .Christianity ( I am a Christian or follower of Christ teachings to certain extent, wish I can be more ) in the west is like a stone sitting in the fountain for hundreds of years , ,the stone is wet from the outside but when you crack it is dry inside , as the Christianity in the west never sipped to the veins,When the crusaders entered Jerusalem they slaughtered 2000 to 5000 Christians there not knowing that there were Christian living there or they did actually know ( it is a question mark ) , that’s why the pope John Paul the second was the first pope to apologise for the whole atroticites cmmitted by the crusaders ..Back to your question ,most Middle Eastern will welcome the Jews and treat them well ,, but there will be always few that they will commit bad things, but trust me no country in the middle east will ever reach the atrocities done by Hitler ,Staline, and now unfortunaltely Assad could be joined to the list, no wonder because many of the Alawites decendants come back to the crusaders , that’s why many of them or most have blonde ,or brown hair and ble eyes!! ( note :even the British are not better ,just read the book called “Human Smoke” and you will be surprised that Winston Churchill thinking wasn’t far from HItler, so are many american leaders , ) ,the cruelty of the west surpass any history of Islam or other religion ( no the Mongols as they had no religion in the beginning , I called them west because they are non-Christians anyway

    • disqus_e68VGiBKGC

      i can tell you one thing when the war was in lebanon and the israel;s where training a group even they said they where allied they israels always pointed there guns at there back the israels jet slap a direct hit on the milan rockets in chouf area the israels allowed scam back jumblat to wipe up the christian the israel betray lahed in the north don;t tell us about the israels we know how good they are

  • disqus_e68VGiBKGC

    according to hizballah those fighter they will be with the mossad thats why israel help them out

  • disqus_e68VGiBKGC

    according to hizballah those fighter they will be with the mossad thats why israel help them out