The terrorists who have sustained injuries during the heavy fighting over a major airbase in Sweida, a Southern province largely controlled by the Syrian government, have been taken to Israel for treatment, sources said.
According to local sources, a unit of the Israeli army’s spy agency, called Aman, has been tasked with transferring the wounded terrorists injured during the recent battle in al-Thalaa military base to the Israeli hospitals.
Earlier reports had informed that Israel had opened its doors with Syria in order to provide medical treatment to the gunmen of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda terrorist groups who were wounded in the ongoing fighting against the Syrian army.
The Wall Street Journal reported in March that al-Nusra Front “hasn’t bothered Israel since seizing the border area last summer” along the Golan Heights.
Those Takfiri elements “who control some two-thirds to 90% of the border on the Golan aren’t attacking Israel. This gives you some basis to think that they understand who is their real enemy – maybe it isn’t Israel”, Amos Yadlin, the former military intelligence chief, was quoted by The Wall Street Journal as saying.
The fact that the Israeli-Syria border area along the occupied Golan Heights has remained largely quiet has sparked accusations that the Takfiri operatives are backed by Israel.
“Some in Syria joke: ‘How can you say that Al-Qaeda doesn’t have an air force? They have the Israeli air force’,” Assad told Foreign Affairs magazine earlier this year. “They are supporting the rebels in Syria. It is very clear.”
The Wall Street Journal quoted “an Israeli military official” who said that most of those treated were armed rebels fighting the Damascus government.
“We don’t ask who they are, we don’t do any screening,” the official said. “Once the treatment is done, we take them back to the border and they go on their way.”
Syria has been hit by unrest since mid-March 2011, and the western media reports accuse countries, mainly the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar of orchestrating the conflict in the country and providing terrorist groups with money, weapons and trained mercenaries.