The number of wounded who have sought medical treatment in Israel since the Jewish state began accepting wounded Syrians stands at approximately 2,500 people.
In mid-August of this year, a bus from the Jewish-American aid organisation Amaliah brought 21 Syrian children and their parents to the Ziv Medical Center in Safed, northern Israel.
The Syrians are all from the Quneitra region on the other side of the border with Israel. The Western Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya has also been receiving busloads of Syrian children accompanied by their families over the past few weeks.
According to Moti Kahana, President of Amaliah, “these children haven’t seen a hospital in five years. It’s horrible. The idea is our organisation is ultimately to help Syrians on the other side of the border help themselves”.
After receiving their treatment the children and their families are provided with aid packages, which contain baby formula, food and other necessities.
As well as treating Syrian children, the organisation also has a long term goal of re-creating civil society in Quneitra. Amaliah state that their plan has three phases – the first, to create a field hospital along the Israel-Syria border, where those who cannot enter Israel can still receive medical treatment. The second stage is a planned reconstruction of education facilities, and the final stage will see the bringing in of vital supplies of food and water.