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Israeli Groups Aiding Syrian Refugees in Jordan, Turkey

Israeli aid groups are providing humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees who have fled to Jordan and Turkey, said Likud MK Ayoub Kara.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 7/15/2012, 11:28 AM

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Israeli aid groups are providing humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees who have fled to Jordan and Turkey, Likud MK Ayoub Kara told AFP on Thursday.

"We have found a way, with voluntary organizations from Israel that are now on the borders of Jordan and Turkey with Syria, to provide humanitarian help to the Syrians who are there," Kara said. "My advisers are also in Jordan to try to find a way to help the refugees in Jordan."

Kara stressed that the groups were working in conjunction with other Western organizations to provide "food, medicine, and a lot of help."

He added that the volunteers do not represent the government, which, he said, is wary of giving the impression that it is aiding Syrian opposition groups.

"If we are part of the conflict, it's a danger for all the region, all the world," he said, highlighting the importance of such volunteer efforts.

"It is important for us that when there are big problems in our neighbor states, we are helping," he continued.

Kara, a member of Israel's Druze minority, said the governments of Jordan and Turkey "know about the work of the Israeli organizations."

He also noted that efforts are underway in an attempt to bring wounded Syrian refugees to Israel for treatment, AFP reported.