Netanyahu Offers to Treat Wounded Civilians from Aleppo in Israeli Hospitals

Israel may bring wounded refugees from the Syrian city of Aleppo to Israeli hospitals for treatment, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday.

“We’re prepared to take in wounded women and children, and also men if they are not combatants … bring them to Israel, take care of them in our hospitals, as we’ve done with thousands of Syrian civilians,” Netanyahu said at a meeting with foreign reporters in Jerusalem. “I’ve asked the foreign ministry to seek ways to expand our medical assistance to the civilian casualties of the Syrian tragedy, specifically in Aleppo.”

“I don’t know if we can resolve [the Syrian civil war]. But we can help mitigate some of the suffering, that’s the best that Israel can do,” he added.

Israel has treated more than 2,000 Syrian civilians in its hospitals since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, despite the fact that Israel and Syria have been in a formal state of war since 1948. Each patient costs the Israeli taxpayer an estimated $15,000.

An Israeli crowdfunding initiative, “Syrians on the Fence,” has raised over one million shekels (over $250,000) in five days to buy formula, blankets, and medicine for Syrian children.

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