Israeli rescued from Syria fled welfare program – report

An Israeli woman who entered Syria earlier this year and was sent back in a Russian-negotiated exchange fled the program run by the Welfare Ministry where she was being treated, state broadcaster Kan reports.

The program informed the state prosecutor’s office that she left without warning, the report said.

The Israeli woman who entered Syria and was returned under a deal brokered by Russia, in a photo shown by Channel 12 on February 20, 2021 (Channel 12 screenshot)

The woman’s crossing became a major international incident and she was returned to Israel via Russia after more than a week of diplomatic wrangling. His return came at a high cost and included the release of Syrian captives in Israel, and allegedly involved Israel purchasing vaccines for Syria.

She was indicted for her actions on charges, including leaving the country illegally.

The woman, whose identity is banned from publication, has reportedly suffered from mental health issues in the past. She is said to be a 25-year-old girl from Modiin Illit, who has left the ultra-Orthodox community and speaks Arabic.

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