IDF Shutters ‘Good Neighbor’ Aid Program as Syrian Regime Returns to Border Region

In this Thursday, April 6, 2017 file photo made in Israeli controlled Golan Heights, Israeli military medics assist wounded Syrians. The Israeli military is promoting a comprehensive aid program to Syrians harmed by their country's civil war. In a tour of the volatile frontier Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the military …
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The Times of Israel reports: The Israel Defense Forces on Thursday announced that it had officially shuttered its “Operation Good Neighbor” program, ending over five years of humanitarian assistance that the Jewish state has given Syrian nationals near the border.

“The large and long-running humanitarian effort has come to an end with the return of the Syrian regime to southern Syria,” the army said in a statement. The military began allowing injured Syrians into Israel for medical care in early 2013, first treating them in field hospitals and later inside Israeli hospitals.

A small number of Israeli non-governmental groups were also allowed to pass humanitarian aid across the border.

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