Fighting in Syria as seen from the Israeli border (Photo: Reuters)
(ESFI Editorial Staff) Over the past six years, Israel’s neighbor, Syria, has been at war. Many wounded now are approaching Israel’s borders for help. During the night, the wounded come to known spots in the Golan along the Syrian/Israeli border. Israeli patrols are on the lookout for them and army medics come quickly to protect the Syrians from more injuries and take them to local hospitals for treatment. Israel will not accept Syrian refugees, but over the years has accepted 2,600 Syrians for medical treatment. Most do not want to give their real names or have their pictures taken for fear of retribution once they return to Syria. Most of the injuries are severe, often from shrapnel. While in Israel, many Syrians’ perceptions of Israel as the enemy are changed.