Assad regime blocks White Helmets evacuation

Israel evacuates 800 Syrian 'White Helmets' to Jordan

They have reclaimed the Syrian side of the Jordanian border, and taken back the frontier with the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. "The White Helmets have consistently been targeted by the Assad regime".

On Saturday, more than 400 rescuers and their family members were evacuated from Syria's Quneitra province through Israel to Jordan, after the rebels surrendered the last areas they held in the south-western province to the government.

"Our names were on the evacuation list from the beginning".

"When the negotiations took place with the Russians, the negotiators could not give us clear answers about our fate". Our situation is very miserable.

Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker, reporting from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, described the operation as "a massive multinational and global effort, with the United Nations involved to get this under way". "I therefore authorised their transfer via Israel to other countries as an important humanitarian gesture", Netanyahu said.

Canada has been among several countries that have provided moral and financial support to the White Helmets, which are officially known as Syria Civil Defence, including $7.5 million over the past two years to help recruit and train women.

By Monday morning, Syrian state media was already reporting on the "criminal operation carried out by "Israel" and its tool in the region", claiming that the evacuations "divulged the true nature" of the White Helmets.

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On Sunday, a Jordanian foreign ministry spokesperson said the kingdom had allowed the United Nations to arrange the entry and passage of 800 Syrian civil defence workers and their families.

Damascus believes that the White Helmets are linked to the Jabhat al-Nusra terror organization (outlawed in Russia) and act in its interests.The United States has been funding the White Helmets since 2013, providing more than $33 mln to them. "We just want to escape with our lives".

"We are in a bus with around sixty people young men and families and about to leave and become uprooted from our homes", said Maher Ali, 38, an activist who decided with his family to leave than risk retribution for his long record of peaceful opposition to President Bashar al Assad's authoritarian rule. They are republished from a number of sources, and are not produced by MintPress News.

Although they operate only in rebel-held areas, they say they are non-partisan.

The White Helmets "used to see death while doing our work saving lives from underneath airstrikes and barrel bombs".

Canada will resettle up to 50 White Helmets and their families, a Canadian official with direct knowledge of the resettlement efforts told CNN. Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said the total number of evacuees was 422, even though the initial request was to evacuate 800. The UK confirmed to CNN they will offer asylum to some of the rescue workers but have not given any numbers.

Despite the intervention, the IDF said Israel "continues to maintain a non-intervention policy regarding the Syrian conflict and continues to hold the Syrian regime accountable for all activities in Syrian territory".

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