Two Syrian brothers, Ali and Naif, had been separated since the war broke out five years ago. But the two were unexpectedly reunited three weeks ago, when a critically injured man was rushed to the border fence in the Golan Heights and was transported to an Israeli hospital for treatment, Jerusalem Online reports.
“Two days ago, Nahariyya accepted another injured man who came to the hospital and the man stated that he met his brother, who was also injured, came to Israel and was hospitalized in Ziv Hospital,” said Colonel Dr. Ayalon Glazberg, the commander of the medical team in the IDF Northern Command. “One of the brothers learned about the other one and we did a family reunification between the two brothers that did not see each other in years.”
Ali and Naif fought on different fronts over the past five years in Syria, and the two lost contact with one another.
“I have not seen my brother in 5 years and in the end, I met him in Israel,” Ali said. “I feared that I would not see him and I would be killed before I saw him. I want him to return to the crossing so that the rest of my family including my mother and other brothers who want to can see him.”
The two refused to say where or for whom they were fighting. The IDF has treated at least 2,100 critically wounded men, women, and children when they arrive at the border in the Golan Heights.
Once the brothers' conditions improve, they will return alongside three other injured Syrians, and may continue fighting from there.
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