BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – Israel will provide humanitarian aid to southwest Syria via their Good Neighbor initiative, but they will not take refugees, the Israeli Defense Forces (NDF) announced, as reported by the Jerusalem Post.
“The IDF is monitoring the events in southern Syria and is preparing for a variety of scenarios, including continued humanitarian assistance to fleeing Syrians. We will not allow passage of Syrians fleeing the country and will continue to defend Israel’s security interests,” the IDF Spokesperson’s statement claimed.
According to the Jerusalem Post report, the IDF delivered at least 300 tents, 13 tons of food, 15 tons of baby food, three palettes of medical equipment, ad 30 tons of clothing and footwear thus far.
“This is a specific aid that the IDF and the State of Israel have transferred to the Syrians in camps in the south and in the center of the Syrian Golan Heights, in which thousands of Syrians live in poor conditions without access to water, electricity, food or basic necessities,” the IDF Spokesperson added.
The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Friday morning that more than 100,000 people have been displaced since the fighting in southwest Syria intensified this week.
The government says they have opened three humanitarian corridors across the Daraa Governorate and that dozens of civilians have already reached the UN tents in those areas.