Israel Evacuates 800 White Helmets to Jordan in Face of Syria Advance

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Israel has evacuated 800 White Helmets rescuers and their family members threatened by advancing Syrian regime forces to Jordan for resettlement in Britain, Canada and Germany, Amman said Sunday.

Founded in 2013, the Syria Civil Defense, or White Helmets, is a network of first responders which rescues wounded in the aftermath of air strikes, shelling or explosions in rebel-held territory.

Jordan "authorized the United Nations to organize the passage of 800 Syrian citizens through Jordan to be resettled in western countries," the kingdom said.

"The government gave the permission after Britain, Germany and Canada made a legally binding undertaking to resettle them within a specified period of time due to 'a risk to their lives'."

An Israeli government source confirmed Israel's military had rescued 800 people who were taken to Jordan.

"Upon request of the U.S., Canada and European states Israel has completed a humanitarian effort to rescue members of a Syrian civil organization ('White Helmets') and families," Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon tweeted.

- Surrounded and in danger -

White Helmets head Raed Saleh said the evacuees had arrived in Jordan after being "surrounded in a dangerous region".

They were encircled in the provinces of Daraa and Quneitra, he said, including a number trapped between the border with the Golan Heights and advancing Russia-backed regime troops, he told AFP.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said she "called for global leadership to support and help these heroes" during a meeting of foreign ministers at the NATO leaders' summit in Brussels a week ago.

The White Helmets have rescued thousands of civilians trapped under the rubble or caught up in fighting in battered opposition-held zones along various fronts of Syria's seven-year conflict.

Since its formation, when Syria's conflict was nearing its third year, more than 200 of its volunteers have died and another 500 have been wounded.

The group's motto -- "To save one life is to save all of humanity" -- is drawn from a verse in the Koran, although the White Helmets insist they treat all victims, regardless of religion.

Some members have received training abroad, including in Turkey, returning to instruct colleagues on search-and-rescue techniques.

The group receives funding from a number of governments, including Britain, Germany and the United States, but also solicits individual donations to purchase equipment such as its signature hard hats.

- Award-winning documentaries -

Last year, a Netflix production called "The White Helmets" won an Academy Award for best short documentary.

A second film on the group, named "Last Men in Aleppo," was nominated for an Oscar in 2018.

The Israeli army said it evacuated the White Helmets overnight at the request of the United States and European countries, in what it called "an exceptional humanitarian gesture."

"The civilians were evacuated from the war zone in southern Syria due to an immediate threat to their lives.

"The civilians were subsequently transferred to a neighboring country," it said without elaborating.

Israel has been sending medical aid to civilians who have fled fighting in the Syrian-controlled part of the Golan Heights.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, in a move never recognized internationally.

On June 19, forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad launched an Russia-backed offensive to retake Daraa and Quneitra provinces.

Just a month later, government institutions look set to return to most of these two provinces through a combination of deadly bombardment and Moscow-brokered surrender deals.

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

Jihadists are not party to these deals, and Russian planes bombarded a holdout of the Islamic State group in Daraa province overnight, a Britain-based war monitor said.

More than 20,000 civilians have fled bombardment on the IS-held corner on the border with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan in the past 24 hours, fleeing into regime-held areas, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor.

Comments 38
Thumb marcus 22 July 2018, 15:10

If you say so shia troll, if you say so.

Thumb marcus 22 July 2018, 15:11

take a hike on your Chinese made moped:)

Thumb Mystic 22 July 2018, 15:13

Go cry with your White Helmet jew boys

Thumb janoubi 22 July 2018, 15:33

You keep attacking jews and referring to people as jews. But your iranian president is so proud to claim the "iranians saved the jews" while he was touring Europe;)

قال الرئيس الإيراني حسن روحاني اثناء زيارته إلى دولة النمسا في أوروبا: “اليهود مدينون لنا فنحن من أنقذ اليهود في بابل، وهم كانوا ومازالوا مَدينون لإيران وللإيرانيين، ولدينا علاقات جيدة وقوية مع كل اليهود في العالم”.

http://janoubia.com/2018/07/09/خامنئي-يستنجد-باليهود-لحماية-عرشه؟/

Thumb justin 22 July 2018, 15:13

Mystic

Do you have 'connections' at the General Security?
Should we be worried?

Thumb s.o.s 22 July 2018, 15:47

Under watch as in ready to be torched by the ‘’’’ Resistance ‘’’’ to silence free thinkers just like they assassiated Tueni and Kassir.

Thumb chrisrushlau 23 July 2018, 17:57

"What’s the difference between salafism and khomeynism? It’s the same crepe. Hizbala, qaeda, jaysh al Mahdi, Daesh..... are all made of losers who failed to adapt to society’s standards and evolution." So says "SOS" who does not hide his identity. If sectarianism is bad, why does Constitutional Article 24 give half of Lebanon's Parliament to "Christians"? Lebanon today is a loser's paradise.

Thumb justin 22 July 2018, 15:14

as opposed to your resistance who is not killing sunnis in Syria, Yemen and Iraq?

Thumb Mystic 22 July 2018, 15:17

What sunnis? The ones that support israel and betrays their sunni brethren.

Thumb galaxy 22 July 2018, 15:43

Funny you should say that. I already showed articles and videos of hezbollah terrorists embracing their ISIS brothers, serving them hot home made meals, and putting them on Mahdi Schools air conditioned buses to everybody I know.

They loved them, heretic.

Thumb galaxy 22 July 2018, 16:01

Since when did your terrorist iranian militia consult with and get the approval of the LAF?:)
As to casualties, you mean the 120 'evacuated' ISIS fighters who were completely surrounded were going to annihilate half the LAF? The world knows those alleged ISIS were planted by your militia and Assad on Lebanon's Eastern border and when the right time came, they were evacuated in luxury as VIPS.

Go troll on Manar:)

Thumb Mystic 22 July 2018, 16:05

The LAF approved, ofcourse a Salafi jew like you would like more LAF casualties.

Take your AL Arabiya propaganda to hell

You don't seem to mind the White Helmets saved by you jews.

Thumb Spotter 22 July 2018, 20:59

One shia twelver troll spotted
tagged logged and processed

Thumb s.o.s 22 July 2018, 21:11

Spotter, we missed you!

Thumb eagledawn 22 July 2018, 15:19

Shiisim at its most Shameless!
Every-Single-Article

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 22 July 2018, 15:24

Mar 29, 2011
Israel's Favorite Arab Dictator of All Is Assad
https://www.haaretz.com/1.5143651

May 10, 2013
Israel's Man in Damascus
ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halevy called Assad "Israel's Man in Damascus" in his Foreign Affairs article and explained that Bashar, like his father Hafez, for all their support for Hezbollah and Hamas and anti-Israel rhetoric, allowed Israel to have a stable and quiet border with Syria.  Halevy voices the fears of Israel's military/security establishment about the destabilization of the region that would result from the fall of the Assad regime.
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/israel/2013-05-10/israels-man-damascus

Jul 05, 2018
'Syria’s Assad Has Become Israel’s Ally'
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/syria/.premium-syria-s-assad-has-become-israel-s-ally-1.6240499

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 22 July 2018, 15:24

Jul 12, 2018 11:26 AM

Netanyahu:’We haven't had a problem with the Assad regime, for 40 years not a single bullet was fired on the Golan Heights,'
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/netanyahu-israel-has-no-problem-with-assad-agreements-must-be-upheld-1.6268158

Thumb ashtah 22 July 2018, 15:26

Didn't you know that Netanyahu is a 'Salafist'?

Thumb Mystic 22 July 2018, 15:30

All Salafist are Jews, that's the difference.

Thumb s.o.s 22 July 2018, 16:12

What’s the difference between salafism and khomeynism? It’s the same crepe. Hizbala, qaeda, jaysh al Mahdi, Daesh..... are all made of losers who failed to adapt to society’s standards and evolution.

Thumb Mystic 22 July 2018, 15:28

Nice Israeli propaganda from Haaretz. You better hope you got a good VPN, but you not based in Lebanon fortunately for you coward.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 22 July 2018, 15:34

You are as significant as a fart in a wind storm.

Thumb Mystic 22 July 2018, 15:37

Come to Lebanon and be more significant then you Salafi.jew

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 22 July 2018, 15:44

I live in Lebanon ya irani.

Thumb doodle-dude 22 July 2018, 15:49

roflmao @libnani:)!

Thumb doodle-dude 22 July 2018, 15:51

mystiK

you never had a problem when nassrallah quotes Haaretz. Why now?

Thumb Mystic 22 July 2018, 16:05

And Trump lives in Africa right?

Thumb s.o.s 22 July 2018, 16:17

Mystic, you’re untouchable, so why don’t you give us your full name, DOB, and address? You have nothing to fear because you’re a law abiding citizen, the law is with you. Show us how not coward you are.

Thumb shab 22 July 2018, 20:47

Look @ VPN and warning Naharnet. How low can they sink?
Truth hurts.

Thumb Mystic 22 July 2018, 15:30

Well this is indeed proof of complete Salafist Israeli cooperation.

Thumb doodle-dude 22 July 2018, 15:49

lol @ gigamowaten

Thumb Puppet 22 July 2018, 16:30

I have the utmost respect and admiration for Mr. giga habib for its knowledge of what every salafist says and thinks.

Thumb justin 22 July 2018, 20:00

19:22

رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي بنيامين نتنياهو: وافقت على إجلاء أفراد من الخوذ البيضاء بطلب من أميركا وكندا.۔


Thumb shab 22 July 2018, 20:44

Let me understand this correct. The Israelis saving 800 Syrians and their families form the Syrian Army? Ridiculous.

Thumb chrisrushlau 23 July 2018, 01:43

Correct, at least in this case of the White Helmets. The question is, why did Israel publicize this? Netanyahu is angry with his "partners", wants to embarrass them a bit about their other "partners".

Thumb ice-man 23 July 2018, 04:30

Mystic MF ( My Friend )

I had a dream last night that I was the 11th twelver of Imam Al Mahdi. I woke up with tears in my eyes and I did 150 Latmiyat.

Thumb insider 23 July 2018, 09:13

Every Israelist: " Assad is openly allied with Israel".

Thumb whyaskwhy 23 July 2018, 21:28

The Syrian regime is so embarrassed about the Israelis coming to rescue the people that ASSad wants to kill. According to Reuters the regime is calling this a criminal operation looooooooooooooooooooooool. Saving lives of normal human beings is considered criminal by ASSads standards. If he was not their ally and slave would he not have attacked Israel? Or maybe like the bearded goat of Kizballah he too is waiting for the golden opportunity to annihilate Israel the next time they bomb his air-force? Iran and Syria are the regimes that best serve Israel.