While Israeli hospitals have over the past year treated hundreds of Syrians escaping their nation's ongoing civil war, Sunday witnessed a first in this continuing humanitarian campaign: the birth of a Syrian baby in Israel.
The mother, a 20-year-old nurse who lives close to the Israel-Syria border, foudn herself in labor with no access to nearby Syrian hospitals due to fighting in the area between government forces and rebels.
Desperate, she did the only think left to her - she started walking toward Israel. To the young woman's relief, Israeli soldiers picked her up and provided immediate medical assistance before transferring her to Ziv Medical Center in the northern Galilee city of Safed.
Shortly after, the young woman gave birth to a healthy 7-pound baby boy.
"The team of Israeli midwives and doctors treated me with sensitivity and respect," she told Israel's Channel 2 News. "I really don’t feel like I’m in an enemy country; everyone is helping me and caring for me."
Israel and Syria are still officially at war. But that hasn't stopped the Jewish state from providing medical assistance, some of it life-saving, to over 250 Syrians crossing the Golan border since February of this year.