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Best Frenemies

After years under siege by their own government, wounded Syrians found unlikely aid from a longtime foe: Israel



DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS Israeli physicians tend to a Syrian patient in the Golan Heights. Israel’s Good Neighbor program has treated over 12,000 wounded Syrians since 2013.

HANI’S MOTHER WARNED HIM as a boy in Syria that if he didn’t finish his dinner, Zionists would come and drink his blood. Yet when his own government shot him as he led with his wife and children, he asked field medics to take him to Israel.

With half of Hani’s face missing, Israeli soldiers searched him for weapons before bringing him to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya. Two years later, he is still undergoing extensive reconstructive surgery. “I heard from other Syrians who had been here that Israel takes good care of us, unlike Arab countries,” he says.

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