In the wake of intensified fighting between government and rebel forces in Syria near the Israeli border on the Golan Heights, the IDF has opened crossing points for the wounded to enter the country for medical treatment.
Dozens of wounded have already arrived and are being treated by Israeli doctors and medics at medical receiving stations along the border. In some cases, a shortage of staff on the scene necessitated transfer of medical personnel from various IDF units in Israel.
As news of the expanded Israeli humanitarian operation became known in Syria, medical personnel across the border have rushed some of the wounded to the IDF receiving points.
Those in serious or critical condition are being evacuated by IAF helicopters to hospitals in various parts of Israel. Close to 20 wounded, some of them children with severe burns, were taken out of the border area to hospitals, just in the past 48 hours.
The humanitarian operation is being carried out under difficult and dangerous conditions along the border, close to the fighting, where government artillery has been heavily shelling rebel targets, and stray shells have landed on the Israeli side, as well.
Over the six years of civil war in Syria, some 2,500 wounded civilians and soldiers, most of them in serious condition, have been given medical treatment in Israel. Those who recovered returned to Syria.