Israel promotes aid for Syrian civil war victims

AP News
Posted: Jul 19, 2017 1:14 PM

ON THE ISRAEL-SYRIA FRONTIER, Golan Heights (AP) — The Israeli military is promoting a comprehensive aid program to Syrians harmed by their country's civil war.

In a tour of the volatile frontier Wednesday, the military unveiled "Operation Good Neighbor," saying it has provided food, medicine, clothing and infrastructure over the past year.

Israel has largely stayed out of Syria's six-year war, wary of being drawn into the fighting. But it has quietly provided humanitarian assistance to many of its victims — treating some 4,000 civilians, including 900 children.

Over the past year, the military says it has expanded the aid to include treatment for ill children and providing 450,000 liters of fuel, more than 360 tons of food and 600 meters of pipes to repair ruined water infrastructure.