Under Cover of Night, Syrian Wounded Seek Help from Enemy Israel

Wounded Syrian men who were evacuated from rebel-held neighbourhoods in the embattled city of Aleppo, sit in a Syrian Arab Red Crescent ambulance upon their arrival in the opposition-controlled Khan al-Aassal region, west of the city, on December 15, 2016, which is the first stop on their trip, where humanitarian …
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(REUTERS) – It happens nearly every night. After dark, the Syrian wounded come to known locations on the Israel-Syria front in the Golan Heights, driven by desperation to seek help from an enemy army.

Israeli soldiers on lookout or patrol spot them waiting by the fence and whisk them away to a rear position where army medics soon arrive, according to army officials operating in the area that was seized by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.

Israel refuses to accept refugees fleeing the nearly six-year conflict in Syria, a country with which it remains technically at war. But it has allowed in more than 2,600 Syrians for medical care.

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