Israel warns Syrians away from frontier as Assad closes in

Israel warns Syrians away from frontier as Assad closes inBy Maayan Lubell and Tom Perry GOLAN HEIGHTS/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Dozens of Syrians approached the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday in an apparent attempt to seek help or sanctuary from a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive, before turning back after a warning from Israel’s army. Tens of thousands of Syrians have thronged to the Golan in the past month, fleeing a rapidly advancing offensive which has defeated rebels across a swathe of territory near Jordan and Israel and generated pressure on both neighbors to extend aid. If you want us to be able to help you, go back,” an army officer on the Israeli side of a frontier fence, which is partly lined with minefields, told the crowd in Arabic through a megaphone.


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In the dead of night, Syrians cross frontier for doctor's appointment in Israel

In the dead of night, Syrians cross frontier for doctor's appointment in IsraelThe 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. Israel says it has treated between 4,000 and 4,500 war casualties from Syria since a humanitarian aid program was begun some five years ago.


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Syrians fleeing war will not be allowed in Israel: Netanyahu

Syrians fleeing war will not be allowed in Israel: NetanyahuCivilians fleeing Syria’s war will not be allowed to enter Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday adding however that his government will continue providing them with humanitarian aid. Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled a government offensive in the country’s south that started on June 19 and some have set up makeshift camps near the Israeli-held Golan Heights. “Regarding southern Syria, we will continue to defend our borders,” Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting.


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