Syrian White Helmets evacuated by Israel

People walk with children during the Syria Civil Defence also known as the White Helmets extraction from the Golan Heights Israel in this still image taken from video provided by the Israeli Army

Image Children were among those evacuated during the operation

"Words of condemnation are not enough to express the indignation that every Syrian feels towards these despicable conspiracies and the limitless aid from Western countries, Israel, and Jordan to the White Helmets", the source said.

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

He said U.S. President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and others sought help to move the rescue workers out of Syria.

We rescued hundreds of them and their families. "The fact that some White Helmets members left and some stayed hurt us more than it helped us", he tells AFP.

The US praised Israel and Jordan for facilitating the evacuations and Britain, Canada and Germany for agreeing to give the evacuees new homes.

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.

The Syrian military, backed by a Russian air campaign, has been pushing into the edges of Quneitra province following an offensive last month that routed rebels in adjoining Deraa province who were once backed by Washington, Jordan and Gulf states.

"It's quite emblematic that the White Helmets preferred to flee Syria with foreign assistance, thus unmasking their essence and hypocrisy to the whole world", the commentary said.

An Israeli solider hands out water on a bus during the Syria Civil Defence also known as the White Helmets extraction from the Golan Heights Israel in this still image taken from video provided by the Israeli Army
Image An Israeli solider hands out water on an evacuation bus

German weekly magazine Bild, which broke news of the evacuation and published footage of buses used to transport the Syrians across Golan, said 50 of them would be granted asylum by Berlin.

And for the first time on Monday, Israel used the David's Sling anti-missile battery, created to intercept medium-range projectiles, destroying rockets launched inside Syria to prevent them from infiltrating Israel.

Those successfully evacuated included about 100 White Helmets, with the rest family members. Tel Aviv is widely believed to have been providing weapons to anti-Damascus militants as well as medical treatment to Takfiri elements wounded in the Arab country inside the occupied Golan Heights.

Israel has evacuated hundreds of members of the White Helmets civil defence group and their families from a war zone in southern Syria "due to an immediate threat to their lives". While Israel has maintained a policy of nonintervention regarding the war, it has provided humanitarian assistance to civilians congregating near the Syria-Israel border since June 2016 as part of its "Operation Good Neighbor".

The group has been financed by public donations, as well as funding from foreign governments.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed Sunday that Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump were among those who asked Israel to rescue the White Helmets in recent days, after leaders first talked about helping the White Helmets during the recent North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

In 2017, a Netflix documentary about the group, "The White Helmets", won the Oscar for best documentary short.

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