Israel made public for the first time Wednesday the extent of its humanitarian aid to the civilian population living just across its northern border in Syria.
It is well documented that Israel has provided emergency medical treatment to Syrian fighters seeking help. As many as 3,000 wounded individuals have made their way to the border and received lifesaving medical treatment in Israeli hospitals before returning to their homeland.
There have also been media reports that Israel has provided financial and other support to some of the rebel groups fighting against the army of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a conflict that started in 2011.
On Wednesday, the Israeli army opened its store rooms and briefed journalists on the full extent of a humanitarian operation it calls “Good Neighbors.” As part of the effort, Israel has transferred 360 tons of food, 450,000 liters of gasoline and 50 tons of clothing to Syria. It has also sent large quantities of painkillers, anesthetics and basic medicine for diabetes and asthma.