The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officially announced the completion of “Operation Good Neighbor,” ending five years of Jewish state humanitarian assistance to the Syrian population across the border.
“The extensive and prolonged humanitarian activity has come to an end with the return of the Syrian regime to southern Syria,” the military spokesman said in a statement.
The Israeli army began to allow wounded Syrians to enter Israel for medical treatment in early 2013, treating them first in field hospitals and then in Israeli hospitals. A small number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) also received permission to transfer humanitarian aid across the border.
In 2016, assistance expanded considerably with the creation of “Operation Good Neighbor,” in which an enormous amount of supplies were transported to Syria, a border clinic was created, and a program to allow Syrians to enter Israeli hospitals for various ailments and illnesses unrelated to the battlefield.
According to the IDF, more than 4,900 Syrians have been admitted to Israeli hospitals for medical care since 2013, including 1,300 children.
In addition, an additional 7,000 people were treated at the clinic established on the border known as “Mazor Ladaj”.
Over the past five years, Israel has transferred 1,700 tons of food, 1,100,000 liters of fuel, 26,000 boxes of medical equipment and medicines, 20 generators of electricity, 40 vehicles, 630 tents, 350 tons of clothing, 8,200 diapers and 49,000 boxes of baby food to Syrian citizens across the border.
According to The Israel Defense Forces, that despite the current humanitarian crises in southwestern Syria, it is putting an end to its program following the takeover of the area by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.