Israeli Commandos Rescue Wounded Syrian Militant Dumped Along Border (VIDEO)
A video released on Tuesday shows Israeli commandos administering first aid to a wounded Islamic militant along the Syrian border, the UK Daily Mail reported.
Footage obtained by the Daily Mail shows Israeli soldiers discovering the purported militant unconscious, with a laceration on his right ankle and gunshot wounds to his liver and intestines. The soldiers transfer him to an armored vehicle where they perform a tracheal intubation on him.
Forty minutes later, the wounded man is wheeled into emergency surgery in Israel.
Israeli troops run secret missions to save the lives of some fighters in Syria almost every night, according to the Daily Mail. Many of the casualties belong to hard-line Salafist groups, who harbor deep-rooted hatred for Israel, and some are reportedly members of Jabhat al-Nusra, a Syrian terror group affiliated with al-Qaeda and also no friend of Israel’s.
Israel has rescued more than 2,000 Syrians in the three years that it has been running the overnight missions, according to the Daily Mail. At least 80 percent of the Syrians are male and of fighting age. Israel insists that the dangerous operations are humanitarian efforts, and that it hopes to “win hearts and minds” in Syria.
“My dream is that one day, the Red Cross will say, thanks guys, we’ll take it from here, you go back to your unit and take care of injured Israelis,” said Lt. Col. Itzik Malka, commander of the medical branch of the Golani Brigade.
“I am proud of what we are doing here, but it is a great burden. For every Syrian in hospital, there is one less bed for an Israeli. One day we will have to make a choice between an Israeli life and a Syrian one. When that happens it will be hard, but I have to say my first duty will be to Israelis.”
Watch the Daily Mail footage below.