By Heba Zoabi - March 11, 2017

Originally appeared here in i24News

In a Middle East wracked by political chaos, Israel has become in recent years a desirable destination for medical treatment for residents of countries that do not have official diplomatic relations with the country – and the number of patients has grown over the years, particularly from Arab and Muslim countries.

Hospitals in northern Israel have thus far treated some 1,320 wounded Syrians, including 150 children, according to recently released Health Ministry statistics.

Israel's military brings them to the hospitals, which have complained of a lack of government funding.

Wolfson Medical Center in Holon has admitted 4,100 children from outside Israel in the past two decades, most of whom suffer from heart ailments, and treated them for free. About half of the children were Palestinian, and hundreds were from Arab countries – mostly from Iraq, as well as several Syrian children and two from Afghanistan, while the remainder arrived as part of medical delegations that have worked with 53 developing nations around the world. Read More