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IDF provides Syrian border villages with humanitarian aid
The IDF has provided humanitarian aid, including much-needed food and water, to Syrian citizens trapped in towns adjacent to the Israeli border, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon revealed on Tuesday.
Speaking during a tour of the Syrian border, a day after a mortar shell hit the town of Majdal Shams and IDF troops came under fire in the southern Golan Heights, the defense minister said Israel could not remain silent in face of the raging humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country to the north.
“In light of the fact that the villages here are besieged and have no access to other places, we are assisting them for humanitarian reasons,” Ya’alon said. ”We provide water, food, baby food and other humanitarian assistance.”
There was no immediate indication of what other “humanitarian assistance” was being provided by the Israeli military, but at the beginning of 2013 the IDF set up a field hospital on the border to treat Syrians injured in the civil war.
According to Haaretz, a transfer of Israeli goods to the Syrian villages is mediated by UNDOF, the UN peacekeeping mission on the Golan Heights. Soldiers often dropped off aid packages across the border and villagers collected them shortly thereafter, the report added.