Operation Olive Branch is underway as Israel’s 150 trained IDF recusers are in Turkey. This is Israel’s 31th humanitarian mission in the past 40 years.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
150 IDF rescue personnel took off for Turkey to assist with the earthquake disaster response as part of Operation Olive Branch.
IDF Home Front Command foreign rescue chief Col. Golan Voch told a briefing of military reporters on Monday night, “We are ready to leave in the coming hours. We are a special small rescue staff of 150 specialists.”
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A box of equipment being sent by the IDF as part of Operation Olive Branch to provide aid to Turkey following a deadly earthquake, on February 6, 2023.-
With the Assad regime regaining control over the country, the IDF is ending its ‘Operation Good Neighbor’ after years of secretly supplying humanitarian aid, including food & medical supplies to untold thousands of Syrian civilians wounded during the 7 yr-old Syrian civil war.
– IDF Spokesperson’s Office: ‘This was another expression of the values that guide the IDF’s actions’.
By Yoav Zitun
The IDF announced on Thursday evening that is putting an end to its years-long operation that provided humanitarian aid to thousands of Syrian civilians who fell victim to the civil war that has ravaged the country since 2011. Continue Reading »
IDF closes it’s Golan Heights medical field clinic, the Mazor Ladach, that had provided treatment to some 6,800 displaced and deprived Syrians that had no access to medical help or medicines in their war-torn country.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
A field clinic built by the IDF and providing care to injured Syrians has been closed, the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit announced on Friday.
The Mazor Ladach (whose name translates into Bandaging Those In Need) was a field clinic opened in August 2017 and located in an unused military post in the southern Golan Heights on the Syrian border.
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IDF medics provide urgent medical assistance to Syria refugees, June 30, 2018.
Unlike ‘Operation Good Neighbor’ where injured Syrians have been treated in Israel, the IDF begins ‘Operation Doctor’s Appointment’ with more than 40 sick mothers & children with chronic health problems cross the Golan Heights in pre-dawn hours for a day’s treatment in an Israeli hospital.
– Syrian patient, ‘We were afraid in the beginning to come because we regarded Israelis as Zionists and enemies. It’s the opposite.’
Keeping a doctor’s appointment in Israel, Syrian children and their mothers stepped across a tense Golan Heights border in the dead of night under the watchful gaze of Israeli soldiers.
The patients, Israeli medical officials said, were not the walking wounded of the seven-year-old Syrian civil war but children with chronic health problems coming across the frontier for a day’s treatment in a hospital in northern Israel. Continue Reading »
Amid the fierce fighting around the city of Daraa, that has forced the exodus of thousands of forlorn Syrian escapees, one refugee was openly praising Israel’s “noble stance” for the succor it was providing the suffering homeless, after Jordan closed its borders.
By Daniel Salami
A Syrian refugee who recently fled the southwestern city of Daraa in Syria—along with tens of thousands of others—amid the fierce fighting in the area that has precipitated the flight of some 160,000 Syrians to the Israeli and Jordanian borders, has praised Israel’s “noble stance” for the succor it has offered to the suffering refugees. Continue Reading »
Four Syrian children, 2 adults were given initial life-saving treatment by IDF soldiers in the field before being transferred to a hospital.
– IDF repeats: ‘Israel will not open borders to fleeing Syrians but emergency medical assistance and humanitarian aid will continue.’
By ANNA AHRONHEI
The IDF transferred six wounded Syrians, including four young children, to Israeli hospitals for treatment on Saturday, just one day after the military announced it would not allow entry to Syrians fleeing the regime offensive yet will continue providing humanitarian aid.
According to the IDF, the injured Syrians were rushed into Israel and were given initial life-saving treatment by IDF soldiers in the field before being transferred to a hospital. Continue Reading »
Last night Israel quietly delivered 13 tons of food, 15 tons of baby food, 3 pallets of medical equipment & medicines, 30 tons of clothes and 300 tents across its northern border as 120,000 Syrian refugees flee their homes in Syria’s Deraa area, where Assad’s army is bombarding rebels, killing dozens of civilians in the process.
– IDF officer stresses Israel will not allow the Syrians to enter Israel.
– WATCH IDF Video
By Daniel Salami, Yoav Zitun|
The IDF sent humanitarian aid to the Syrian Golan Heights on Thursday night after some 120,000 fled the southwestern part of the country in the wake of the Syrian army’s onslaught in the area. Continue Reading »
IDF soldiers hastened to treat and save the life of a wounded man who stumbled into Israel after being shot in Gaza by Hamas.
By Israel Today Staff
A Palestinian man from the Gaza Strip stumbled across the security fence into Israeli territory on Wednesday after having been shot by Hamas forces.
Soldiers with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), who are so often smeared as blood-thirsty racists, did not hesitate to provide the man with emergency medical treatment.
IDF Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, head of COGAT (Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories), took the opportunity to set the record straight, posting to Facebook in Arabic the following message to the people of Gaza:
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Nothing simpler: a Palestinian passed the security fence from the Gaza Strip into Israel today after Hamas forces shot him.
A Thanksgiving Story
IDF’s “Operation Good Neighbor,” first revealed this past July, was initiated as an ad-hoc solution to treat Syrians who came to Israel’s border fence seeking immediate medical attention from IDF soldiers, then expanded into an organized governmental mission in June 2016, as Syria’s humanitarian needs grew.
By IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
Over four years ago, an injured Syrian came to the border asking for medical help from the IDF. Back then, there was no policy, just a commander’s on-the-spot decision to provide care to an injured civilian. Since then, the aid has continued on a near daily basis. Continue Reading »
Druze Israeli Staff Sgt. ‘A’ from southern Israel, who’s currently serving as a medic in the Golan Heights says he sees “the fear in the eyes” of the wounded Syrians as they cross the border to Israel, so he comforts them, saying in Arabic, “Hi, my medical team and I are here to help you.”
By Nitzi Yakov
A Druze staff sergeant from the southernmost tip of Israel is saving wounded civilians from Syria as well as wounded and injured IDF comrades.
Staff Sgt. A., 21, is deployed in the Golan Heights as a medic with the 77th medical platoon in the IDF’s Armored Corps. Continue Reading »
Expressing their gratitude, Syrian civil war victims treated by Israeli field hospitals on the Golan Heights pen appreciation letters for the IDF’s medical care, saying it has strengthened their yearning for peace, undermined indoctrination of Israel as an enemy.
– “To all Syrians who say Israel is the enemy, I say that you are liars….Israel is our friend.”
By Yoav Birenberg
Dozens of Syrian civilians have written letters of gratitude to Israel and the IDF for establishing field hospitals on its northern border which provided, and continue to provide, medical care to numerous victims wounded in the country’s ongoing violent civil war. Continue Reading »
Dr. Alejandro Roisentul, who moved to Israel 28 years ago, is the head of the Maxillofacial Surgery Unit of Ziv Medical Center, in Safed, Israel, where “more than 1,500 Syrian have been treated for free.”
BUENOS AIRES — An Argentinean-Israeli doctor was honored at the Buenos Aires city parliament as an “outstanding personality in the human rights field” for assisting victims of the Syrian civil war.
Dr. Alejandro Roisentul, who has lived in Israel for the last 28 years, received the kudos on Tuesday for his part in bringing Syrian patients to Ziv Medical Center in Safed, Israel. Continue Reading »
The IDF revealed that it has been providing humanitarian aid, including half a million liters of diesel fuel and dozens of generators to about 200,000 Syrian citizens living in 80 villages and towns in the Syrian Golan Heights that is controlled by ‘friendly’ rebel groups, not affiliated with ISIS.
By Yoav Zitun & AFP
The IDF revealed Wednesday the scope of humanitarian aid that it helps provide the victims of the civil war in Syria. These efforts included transporting about half a million liters of diesel fuel, 360 tons of food, 77 tons of clothing and shoes, as well as dozens of generators and water delivery systems. Continue Reading »
IDF delegations in the fields of military medicine and logistics will be sent to Russia to compete against the military forces of 27 other countries in the annual International Army Games.
For the first time, the IDF has been invited to participate in the International Army Games against 27 other countries, including the Syrian Army.In the past three years, the Russians have been conducting an annual “military Olympics” in which various armies from the world compete in professional fields such as armor, paratroopers, military police, medicine, and more. The 2017 games will also include drone usage for the first time. Continue Reading »
After 5 years of Syrian regime bombing of its own people, Syrian refugees treated by the IDF or in Israeli hospitals learn quickly that their Jewish neighbor is not their real foe.
– A Syrian patient treated in Safed says, ‘The future of Syria has no Bashar Assad…Israel is not the enemy. Bashar is the enemy.’
By The Associated Press
Seven wounded Syrians—two children, four women and a man—waited in pain for darkness to fall to cross into enemy territory. Under the faint moonlight, Israeli military medical corps quickly whisked the patients across the hostile frontier into armored ambulances headed to hospitals for intensive care. Continue Reading »