Humanitarian Aid Authorized Via Israel to Syria

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A UN observer is seen atop Mount Bental on the Israeli side of the border with Syria close to the city of Quneitra. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)
A UN observer is seen atop Mount Bental on the Israeli side of the border with Syria close to the city of Quneitra. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)

The Israeli government has authorized the delivery of aid to Syria across its northern border, an American-Israeli businessman and philanthropist told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

“Israel finally agreed to allow in three types of aid: medical, educational, and food,” said Moti Kahana, founder of the NGO Amaliah.
The aid is being brought to the Israeli border with Syria, but no Amaliah personnel will be entering Syria, he added.

Earlier in the day, an IDF spokesperson said that the army was “considering the request,” but there was no official commitment.

Although Israel has taken a number of wounded in from Syria for medical treatment, it would be the first time since the Syrian civil war began that humanitarian aid would be allowed through to the north. The plan is to transport the aid into what Kahana calls a “safe zone” in the Quneitra area, with security for the operation provided by the IDF.