Syrian refugees cling to life on Golan Heights as Assad’s net tightens

The displaced are trapped at the edges of this corner of Syria, where three countries meet. Jordan, to the south, says it already hosts more than a million displaced people and cannot accommodate any more. Israel, too, has said it will not allow any refugees to cross, despite urgent calls by humanitarian agencies saying their safety is at risk. Part of its refusal is an unwillingness to tip a demographic balance in a majority Jewish state, where about a fifth of the population is Arab.

…Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights was not recognised internationally and it remains in a state of war with Syria, meaning Syrians who seek Israeli treatment are at risk when they go back. Ziv hospital makes sure not to identify them, and discharge papers are written in Arabic and English, with no visible Hebrew.

Syrian refugees cling to life on Golan Heights as Assad’s net tightens | World news | The Guardian

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