Israeli-Syrian border
Israeli-Syrian border AFP file

Israeli military medics transferred a wounded Syrian to a hospital in Israel after he crossed the armistice line on the Golan Heights and was found to be in serious condition, an army spokeswoman said on Saturday.

"In light of his medical state, and based on humanitarian considerations, chief of staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz approved the injured Syrian's transfer to hospital in Israel for further medical treatment," she said.

"On his release from hospital, he will be returned to Syria."

The spokeswoman did not say whether the wounded man was a civilian or rebel fighter. She also stressed that the incident did not indicate a change in Israel's policy, which discourages Syrian refugees from entering Israel but affords medical treatment in serious cases.

On Wednesday, a rebel fighter who had been taken to a hospital in Israel died of his wounds, while five other Syrians seeking medical aid at the border were treated on the spot by Israeli medics.

In the past month, 11 wounded Syrians have been treated in Israel. Eight of the Syrians were repatriated and three have remained in the country for further treatment, including Wednesday's casualty. Israel has opened a field hospital for Syrian wounded.

Israel controls some 460 square miles (1,200 square kilometers) of the strategic Golan Heights, after gains made during the Six-Day War of 1967, while around 510 square kilometers remain in Syrian hands.

Rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad seized a swathe of land stretching 15 miles (25 kilometers) east to west along the Jordanian border to the armistice line with Israel in fighting earlier this month.

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