Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Netanyahu offers to treat wounded Aleppo ‘noncombatants’ in Israel

Tel Aviv is seeking to increase humanitarian assistance to Syria, expressing a desire to help injured children, women and “noncombatant” men in Aleppo by transporting them to Israel for medical treatment.

The country’s Foreign Ministry has been tasked by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with exploring the possibility, so as to devise a plan to help the wounded Syrians.

“We see the tragedy of terrible suffering of civilians and I’ve asked the Foreign Ministry to seek ways to expand our medical assistance to the civilian causalities of the Syrian tragedy, specifically in Aleppo where we’re prepared to take in wounded women and children, and also men if they’re not combatants,” Netanyahu announced Tuesday during a reception for foreign correspondents.

Over 2,000 Syrians have received medical treatment in Israeli hospitals since 2013, according to the Israeli army. Israel now seeks to extend the courtesy.

“We’d like to do that: Bring them to Israel, take care of them on our hospitals as we’ve done with thousands of Syrian civilians. We’re looking into ways of doing this; it’s being explored as we speak.”

While details of the new Foreign Ministry task have not been shared, in the past the Jewish state has received both wounded Syrian civilians and terror/rebel fighters. The majority of them get treated at the Ziv Medical Center in Sefad, Haaretz reported......

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