Israel treats four Syrians wounded in civil war: Israeli army

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Four Syrians wounded in fighting were transferred to an Israeli hospital on Wednesday by Israeli soldiers, the Israeli army has said.

The Syrians were taken from an area near the ceasefire line on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the army said.

“Early this morning four wounded Syrians came to the Israel-Syria border and received medical treatment from soldiers. Two... were taken to Israeli hospitals,” an army statement said.

It was the second time Israel has treated wounded Syrians, according to Reuters news agency. Last month seven Syrians received Israeli hospital treatment.

The Golan Heights, a strategic plateau captured by Israel from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war, has seen fighting on its eastern slopes between forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebels trying to topple him, with occasional fire straying into Israeli-held territory.
Israel and Syria are technically at war, and some anti-Assad rebels are Islamist militants hostile to the Jewish state.

Chemical weapons

Israel’s Intelligence Minister Youval Steinitz said on Wednesday that either Syrian opposition fighters or the Damascus regime have used chemical weapons in the country’s two-year civil war.

“It’s clear that chemical weapons have been used against civilians by the rebels or by the government,” Steinitz told Israeli army radio.

“This is very concerning for us and we must deal with it urgently.”

Syrian rebels and the regime exchanged accusations of chemical weapons use on Tuesday for the first time in the conflict that started as a peaceful uprising in March 2011.