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Syrian war rattles Golan border

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This fence defines the border between Israel and it's northern neighbor, Syria. (Source: CNN) This fence defines the border between Israel and it's northern neighbor, Syria. (Source: CNN)
Recently, the area near Syria-Israeli border has been inundated with explosions and heavy weapons fights. (Source: CNN) Recently, the area near Syria-Israeli border has been inundated with explosions and heavy weapons fights. (Source: CNN)
Some injured Syrians are taken to Israeli field hospitals for treatment. (Source: CNN) Some injured Syrians are taken to Israeli field hospitals for treatment. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) – There are increasing fears that Syria's civil war could spark a wider conflict. In recent weeks, there have been explosions and heavy weapons fire near the Syrian-Israeli border. Mortar shells from Syria have even landed in the Golan Heights, and some injured Syrians are being taken to field hospitals inside Israel.

Beyond Israel's northern border, a battle is raging. Artillery shells render buildings to ruble and dust as heavy machine gunfire erupts across Syria's southern villages. The country's civil war seems to be at full throttle.

"It's hard to tell precisely what that shooting and shelling is targeting, but the fact that we can see it and hear it right on Israel's frontier; that's it, the fence just down there and even here some of the small machine gun fire, that tells us the battle is really close," CNN Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson said.

Just along the fence, Syrian victims of the violence are getting treatment in an Israeli army field hospital, the first of its kind in the area. It was set up just a year ago.

One of the injured is a 21-year-old Syrian man from Dara, who may or may not be a rebel. E's now at the end of three weeks of treatment

"What we did today was see the injury to make sure everything is OK and that there is no infection," IDF Medical Chief Col. Tarif Bader said. "Then they he can go back to Syria."

"He is a young man of fighting age," Robertson said. "Do you ask him if he is a fighter; is that an issue?"

"No," Bader said. "I didn't ask him as I mentioned before it doesn't matter for me if he is a fighter or not probably he is a fighter, probably. He says no."

At another time, this admission would be shocking. Israel and Syria are enemies.

On this day, 22 casualties, many of them children, are getting treatment and a visit from Israel's prime minister.

"Here is the dividing line on the Golan Heights between the good and the bad," Benjamin Netanyahu said. "The bad is what is happening on the Syrian side of this border where Syrian civilians including children whose screams we are hearing today."

His message, ‘we are here to do good,' is simple, but the field hospital and other humanitarian help may play a more sophisticated role for Israel, keeping radical rebels like ISIS away from the border by helping moderates.

Ehud Yari, a veteran analyst, tracks radicals and Israel's response to them sees a strategic plan here.

"Israel is just making sure that the villages along the frontier remain sort of friendly at least non hostile and they are not shooting at us," Yari said.

Col. Bader insists the army is simply helping people in need, but is not surprised to hear what the young patient from Dara says.

"Has your village changed its attitude towards Israel now?" Robertson said.

"It turns out to be the best state," The young patient said. "The regime used to make us hate it, but turned out to be the best country."

At day's end, he is on his way home, back to war.

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