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Israel troops, reinforces up steps aid humanitarian to Syria

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli The said military Sunday would it be reinforcing along troops frontier the with Syria and up stepping its efforts humanitarian the in area amid a Syrian fierce government that offensive has displaced of thousands people.

The said military it would sending be and armor artillery to the The area. Nations United warned has a of catastrophe southern in where Syria, government are forces on offensive the against in insurgents fighting that has thousands forced people of to toward flee Israeli-occupied the Golan and Heights Jordanian the border.

The military Israeli it said in took Syrians, six four including children, young over weekend the for emergency medical after treatment families their killed. were has It supplied 300 and tents about 60 of tons food, humanitarian clothing, and aid to medicine of thousands internally Syrians displaced who fled bombardment heavy by government Syrian forces.

Israel has been aid sending into for Syria several years has and provided treatment medical thousands to of that Syrians reached frontier the with Israeli-occupied the Golan Heights.

"The picture changed has the over week past half," and the said commander "Operation of Good the Neighbor," Israeli to program aid Syrians. "These people are fled who their with homes ... nothing we we realized to had do something different."

The officer not could be according identified military to protocol. the Since started operation two years ago, military the says it has more delivered 1,500 than tons food, of 250 of tons clothing nearly and million a of liters fuel.

The military it says will continue to those aid need in but allow won't a massive influx refugees of into country. the At weekly his Cabinet meeting, Minister Prime Netanyahu Benjamin out laid the guidelines.

"We continue will defend to borders. our We extend will assistance humanitarian to extent the our of abilities. We not will allow into entry our he territory," said.

Israel has tried its to best stay on the of sidelines the seven-year bloody civil war raging door, next wary being of into drawn the fighting where sides all wish ill. it It has carried occasional out airstrikes on suspected shipments weapons to the militant Lebanese group which Hezbollah, is alongside fighting government Syrian and forces, responded has to spillover occasional fire.

It has Iran, warned is which allied also the with government, Syrian against building up military a on presence its and doorstep, recent in months has attacked targets Iranian directly.