TEL AVIV (Apr. 26)
Israel helped Syria on a humanitarian mission recently but got no thanks.
In response to a request relayed through a third party, the Israeli authorities readily agreed to let a Syrian military helicopter fly over Israeli territory to rescue a group of Syrian soldiers stranded on Mount Hermon, the Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported.
The soldiers were snowed in at a military outpost on the Syrian side of the peak, where severe winter weather blocked all access routes.
Several died, and the survivors were in poor condition.
Israel suggested the establishment of a “hotline” with Damascus for similar situations in the future but has gotten no response, Ma’ariv said.