The German Foreign Ministry says three dozen seriously wounded Syrians are being brought to Germany for treatment in military hospitals.

The ministry said the 36 injured patients have received only provisional care in Jordan and are being flown in on Germany military transports Monday. They'll be treated at hospitals in Berlin, Hamburg, Ulm and Westerstede.

The ministry says top Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib had requested the medical care from Germany in a personal appeal to Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Andreas Peschke would not say whether the patients were opposition fighters or civilians, saying only that they had been selected in consultation with the Syrian opposition and experts in Jordan, and chosen based upon medical criteria.

Further transports of injured Syrians are expected in the future.