Sun Jul 22nd, 2018 at 07:12:53 AM EST
Israel had supported the Al Nusra Front jihadists along the Golan Heights to the border with Jordan. The earliest route of fighters trained by US and UK Special Forces inside Jordan. The PR instrument used by the West to sustain the sectarian/civil war where the White Helmets who had worked closely with this rebel group.
Israel evacuates 800 of Syria's White Helmets and their families to Jordan | Times of Israel |
Israel transported several hundred Syrian civil defense workers and their families from southwest Syria to Jordan overnight Saturday, saying it had engaged in "a humanitarian effort" at the request of the United States and European countries.
The Israel Defense Forces said it engaged in the "out of the ordinary" gesture due to the "immediate risk" to the lives of the civilians, as Russian-backed regime forces closed in on the area. It stressed that it was not intervening in the ongoing fighting in Syria.
According to Jordan's official Petra state news outlet, the evacuees included 800 White Helmets personnel and their families.
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The Jordanian government, which has consistently refused to accept Syrian refugees in recent years, said an exception was made in this case as the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany agreed to take the 800 White Helmet rescuers and their families. The Syrian refugees are scheduled to resettles in those three countries by the end of October, according to Petra.
The Canadian government confirmed its participation in the rescue effort.
"Canada, working in close partnership with the United Kingdom and Germany, has been leading an international effort to ensure the safety of White Helmets and their families," Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland said in a statement.
The evacuation took place from Quneitra, which straddles the frontier with the Golan Heights and where the civil defense team was trapped. It is the last sliver of land still outside government control in the region.
Syrians fleeing to Israel border as Jordan shuts gates amid Daraa offensive | Times of Israel |
Civilians in southern Syria have begun to flee to the border with Israel, as government forces on Tuesday pushed deeper into rebel-held territories in Daraa province under the cover of airstrikes and Jordan said it would not accept any more refugees.
The United Nations estimated that up to 50,000 people have been displaced by the week-long offensive.
Jordan said its borders will remain closed for any new refugees, calling on the UN to provide security in southern Syria.
Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said aid officials were "deeply concerned" for those fleeing the fighting and heading toward the sealed border with Jordan.
Daraa's residents described living in extreme fear and said many had also headed to the border with Israel, believing it to be safer.
"The safest place is the border with Israel because the regime and Russian airplanes cannot strike the area near the Israeli border," said Waseem Kiwan, a 36-year old civilian in the village of Tafas north of Daraa city.
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When US and allied troops left Iraq and Afghanistan, the local translators weren't as fortunate and were left in the cold. What makes the "White Helmets" so very special?
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