As the Assad regime completes its takeover of southern Syria, Israel is winding down a humanitarian and medical operation that saved thousands of Syrian lives throughout the civil war.
A brief look at the official Israeli figures, unveiled recently by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), which led the operation, dubbed ‘Operation Good Neighbor,’ gives an indication of what went into it.
Israeli medical centers and hospitals treated 4,800 south Syrian civilians since the conflict began in 2011, half of them children suffering from a range of war injuries and illnesses.
A separate field clinic, established by the IDF and international air organizations in the southern Golan Heights, has treated 6,000 Syrian civilians since opening its doors last year.
“I’m proud to be an officer in an army and a country that carries out an operation filled with values of humanity and compassion,” Lt.-Col. E (full name withheld), who commanded Operation Good Neighbor, said at the end of July, according to an IDF press statement.
Often, the IDF would receive word at night of Syrian