Hundreds of Syrian 'White Helmets' evacuated by Israel to Jordan

Posted July 23, 2018

The White Helmets typically have operated in opposition-held areas across Syria, places where government services are nearly non-existent, voluntarily risking their lives to save hundreds of civilian lives during relentless government airstrikes and bombardments.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said they carried out the evacuation at the request of the United States and European countries.

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon later confirmed the evacuees were White Helmet members and their families, though neither he nor the IDF named the country receiving the civilians.

Founded in 2013, the Syria Civil Defence, or White Helmets, are a network of first responders who rescue wounded in the aftermath of air strikes, shelling or blasts in rebel-held territory.

Jordan's official Petra news agency said on its website the kingdom "authorised the United Nations to organise the passage of about 800 Syrian citizens through Jordan for resettlement in Western countries".

Mr Hunt and Penny Mordaunt said in a joint statement: "Following a joint diplomatic effort by the United Kingdom and worldwide partners, a group of White Helmets volunteers from southern Syria and their families have been able to leave Syria for safety".

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Hundreds of rescue volunteers from the Syrian Civil Defence were evacuated to Jordan by Israel at the request of the United States and European powers. "We judged that, in these particular circumstances, the volunteers required immediate protection".

Meanwhile, Syrian forces kept up their offensive, pounding the southern tip of the southwestern region where an Islamic State-affiliated group still holds territory.

Netanyahu revealed the conversations with Canada's prime minister, U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders shortly after the dramatic overnight rescue, which saw the Israeli military help 800 people flee from rebel-held areas in Syria to nearby Jordan.

Both Moscow and Damascus have accused the White Helmets of staging rescue missions and chemical attacks to blame on the government.

A Syrian civil defense volunteer, known as the White Helmets, holds the body of a child after he was pulled from the rubble following a government forces air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Karm Homad in the northern city of Aleppo, on October 4, 2016.

Since the offensive began, Jordan said it will not open its borders to the newly displaced Syrians.

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What have Israel and Jordan said?

The rescue workers and their families who evacuated to Jordan will now be resettled overseas.

These deals provide for rebels to hand over their heavy weapons and those who disagree with a regime takeover to be bussed with family members towards opposition-held areas in the north of the country.

Panicked passengers, fearing for their lives, posted pictures of the militia surrounding their buses on social media. "The lives of these people, who have saved lives, were now in danger". But Israel has said it will not allow the refugees to enter Israel.

El Deeb reported from Beirut.

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