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Israel offers aid via ICRC to Syria

2012-03-04 19:42

Jerusalem - Israel has offered to send humanitarian aid to Syrian civilians affected by the regime's crackdown on protests through the International Committee of the Red Cross, the foreign ministry said on Sunday.

"Israel's foreign ministry has offered to transfer humanitarian aid to the people of Syria through the international Red Cross," the ministry said in a statement.

"Representatives of the organisation in Israel told the ministry that they would reply in detail after examining their needs," it added.

"The Jewish state cannot stand by without doing a thing while atrocities are taking place in a neighbouring country and people are losing their whole worlds," Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in the statement.

"Even if Israel, naturally, cannot intervene in countries in which we have no diplomatic relations, it is our moral duty to at least offer humanitarian help and arouse the world to act to end the massacre," he added.

Israel has kept relatively quiet about the crisis in its neighbour and enemy, Syria, where thousands of people have been killed in a brutal crackdown on activists opposed to President Bashar Assad's regime.

Despite the dispute with Syria over the Golan Heights, seized by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed, their border has been largely quiet since the 1973 Middle East war.

Comments
  • schewitz - 2012-03-04 20:42

    The Syrian and Iranian regimes will use this as "proof" that the uprising is part of the 'Jewish conspiracy'

      Swapie - 2012-03-04 20:49

      So true.

  • Aaron - 2012-03-04 21:18

    what about the atrocities comitted by the zionist aparthied regime against defenseless palestinain women and children. charity begins at home

      Fidel - 2012-03-05 07:34

      Let charity begin at home and democracy end abroad!

      Larry - 2012-03-05 13:08

      When we make an honest comparison of Syrian atrocities with those actions by Israel against Palestinians who lob rockets into civilian areas, then it is plain to see that Israel is angelic compared to Syria killing its own citizens to keep a tyrant in power. But then of ocourse the world is full of idiots. Fortunately they will become extinct eventually - idiots, that is.

      Larry - 2012-03-05 18:33

      Actually Patrick, Israel is great, not that you would recognise greatness from the bottom of the pond that you inhabit. Even without comparing.

      Larry - 2012-03-05 18:34

      Oh, and sorry for you man, but its perfectly alright.

      Fred - 2012-03-09 09:00

      You've totally bought the lie sold to you by the unelected, self-serving, brutal dictators of the Middle East. If they really cared about the Palestinians, they would have given them the few neighborhoods they needed. Literally, the Palestinians only need a few neighborhoods, out of the vast, vast land the dictators control. Why did they choose instead to funnel billions of dollars of arms to them over decades, and incite them to attack Israel again and again? Think about it. Why did they not do this? How did this serve them, how did this help them to hold on to power?

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