Al Qaeda Cut-Throats 'White Helmets' to Resettle in Canada

Al Qaeda Cut-Throats 'White Helmets' to Resettle in Canada

After negotiations, the White Helmets and their families were evacuated from Syria by Israeli forces on Saturday into the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights region, and from there into Jordan.

Praising the White Helmets as "courageous volunteers" who risk their lives to help fellow Syrians targeted by senseless violence, Freeland said "Canada will continue to provide significant humanitarian assistance to the people affected by this conflict in Syria".

Israel's Haaretz daily said the evacuees also included orphans who had been injured in the Syrian fighting.

Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said 422 White Helmets volunteers were evacuated, instead of the initial 800 cleared for the operation.

Hundreds of aid workers of the "White Helmet" civil defence group and their families were evacuated from Syria early Sunday in an worldwide operation that transported them through Israel and into Jordan as the forces of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad closed in.

The White Helmets, officially called the Syrian Civil Defence, operates a rescue service in rebel-held parts of Syria.

The latest disagreement arose in a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a senior Russian delegation dispatched to Jerusalem as Syrian government forces routed rebels near the Golan.

Russian and Syrian jets stepped up their bombing of an Islamic State bastion along the Jordan-Israel border in southwestern Syria, as the militants pushed into areas abandoned by other rebel groups, diplomatic and opposition sources said.

Members of the Syrian Civil Defence group, who say they are politically neutral, have been credited with saving thousands of lives, and were widely discussed as potential recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The White Helmets were taken across the border and then ferried on buses across the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and on into Jordan.

Jordan's Foreign Ministry confirmed that it had allowed 800 Syrian citizens to enter the country and said they would travel on to Britain, Germany and Canada within three months.

The group rose to prominence as it filmed its operations to rescue civilians from Syrian government air strikes in the country's brutal civil war.

Before the meeting, Netanyahu said he would tell the envoys that "Israel insists on the separation of forces agreement between us and Syria being honoured, as they were honoured for decades until the civil war in Syria broke out". These are people that saved lives and were found in life-threatening danger.

Syrian state TV Al-Ikhbariya reported the Israeli evacuation of the White Helmets, calling it a "scandal" and saying "terrorist groups" now have "zero options".

Israel was asked by the USA and its European partners to evacuate the volunteers and their families.

Previously, Israel would not allow the SAA to reach near the vicinity of their border, however the Israelis have a non-aggression agreement in place with Russian Federation to avoid any potential conflicts on the border.

The source requested anonymity as the Israeli military had yet to carry out a formal investigation.

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