Israel exploring ways to provide help to wounded Syrians in Aleppo

 

(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country's Foreign Ministry is exploring ways to provide assistance to Syrian civilians who have been wounded in the fighting in Aleppo.

A Kurd refugee family from Aleppo, Syria on May 1, 2016 in the Idomein refugee camp. Credit: Gili Yaari/Flash90.

“We see the tragedy of the terrible suffering of the civilians,” Netanyahu said at an end-of-year event with foreign press Tuesday.

“We are prepared to take in wounded women and children, and also men if they are not combatants. Bring them to Israel, [we will] take care of them in our hospitals as we have done with thousands of Syrian civilians. We are looking into ways of doing this. It is being explored as we speak,” he said.

While Israel has treated more than 2,000 Syrians in its hospitals since Syria's civil war began, most of those injured Syrians were from areas close to the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights. According to one Israeli government official, Israel is attempting to determine how to transfer civilians from Aleppo, which is a much more complicated logistical issue, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Netanyahu added that he does not believe there is a clear solution to the situation in Syria right now and that the Arab country is likely to be fractured for the foreseeable future.

“Will it come together and be a unified Syria? I doubt it,” Netanyahu said.

“I think you have enclaves there and they are not about to disappear, but the suffering is great, and the one initiative we took is to help—as I said—thousands of Syrians who are sometimes mutilated beyond belief. We help them. I offered to do more today. I don’t know if we can resolve [the crisis in] Syria, but we can help mitigate some of the suffering. That is the best that Israel can do,” he said.

Posted on December 20, 2016 .