Syria conflict: Israel evacuates ‘White Helmets’

Members of the White Helmets in Aleppo, June 2014 Symbol copyright Reuters Symbol caption Contributors of the White Helmets operating in Aleppo in northern Syria

Israel has evacuated individuals of a Syrian civil defence team – stated by means of media to be the White Helmets – from a struggle zone within the south of the country.

The Israel Protection Forces (IDF) said they’d acted on a request from the us and Ecu nations.

Some 800 other folks had been evacuated to Jordan by means of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights overnight, Israeli media say.

The White Helmets describe themselves as a volunteer workforce that acts to avoid wasting other folks in Syria’s struggle zones.

They say they are non-partisan but supporters of President Bashar al-Assad, and his ally Russia, allege hyperlinks to jihadist groups.

They said the civilians had been transferred “via Israel” and “subsequently to a neighbouring country”.

The IDF did not point out the White Helmets by title, nor the country receiving the civilians.

But Jordan’s government confirmed it had “approved the United Nations to organise the passage of 800 Syrian citizens through Jordan to be resettled in Western international locations”.

It mentioned that “Britain, Germany and Canada made a legally binding undertaking to resettle them within a specific period of time due to ‘a chance to their lives'”.

The White Helmet participants and their households shall be held in a “limited house” of Jordan.

Despite the intervention, the IDF mentioned that “Israel continues to keep up a non-intervention policy regarding the Syrian battle”.

Who’re the White Helmets?

Began in early 2013 as a volunteer group of workers Recognized formally as Syria Civil Defence About 2 HUNDRED killed out of more than 3,000 volunteer contributors Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize Act to save other folks in struggle zones and perform repair works on buildings Say they are impartial and have no political affiliation however were accused of hyperlinks to jihadist groups via the Syrian govt and its Russian allies

The Syrian govt started a tremendous offensive in June to retake rebel-held spaces within the Deraa and Quneitra spaces.

Under a number of agreements, revolt forces were transferred to insurrection-held areas in the north of the rustic, with the Syrian army then shifting in to take control.

The contemporary deal, agreed on Thursday, saw opponents and civilians evacuated from Quneitra province, which borders the Golan Heights.

Symbol caption the placement in southern Syria ahead of the newest evacuation agreement on Thursday

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