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After two years of a complex humanitarian project, the Israel Defense Forces have brought Operation Good Neighbor to a close.

One of the most diverse and large-scale operations ever carried out by the IDF, the project helped tens of thousands of Syrian citizens survive the civil war.

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As part of the effort, food, medical equipment, logistical equipment, clothing and other supplies were provided to Syrian refugees who quietly came to the border in the dark of the night to collect Israeli aid.

Among the supplies provided were some 49,000 packages of baby supplies, 180,000 cases of diapers, 26,000 cases of medical supplies, 1,700 tons of food, 7,000 dry goods packages, 350,000 tons of clothing, 14,000 packages of hygienic equipment and supplies, 1,100,000 liters of gasoline, 630 tents, 20 trucks, 20 generators and 40 vehicles.

During the past five years, 4,900 wounded Syrians received medical care; of those, 1,300 were children. “The IDF’s extensive assistance activities in the Syrian Golan Heights were another expression of the guiding values of the IDF, including reaching out to needy civilians across the borders of the country,” said the IDF.

“The extensive and long-term humanitarian effort came to an end with the return of the Syrian regime to southern Syria.”

Following is the video report, in Hebrew.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.