Israel provides humanitarian aid to Syrians

2013-12-03 18:06

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Jerusalem - Israel has acknowledged for the first time that it is providing humanitarian aid to victims of the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Tuesday that Israel is transferring food, including baby food, as well as water and other "basic needs" to Syria.

He spoke during a visit to the Israeli-controlled side of the Golan Heights along the Syrian frontier. His office said aid is delivered via a third party and has been going on for a few months.

Israel and Syria are bitter enemies and fought several wars. While Israel has avoided taking sides in the Syrian civil war, Israeli hospitals have treated dozens of people wounded in the fighting.

Violence from the Syrian fighting, mostly errant fire, sometimes spills over into Israeli border communities.

Read more on:    syria  |  israel  |  syria conflict

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