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Syria conflict: Israel evacuates "White helmets"



  Members of the White Spiers in Aleppo, June 2014

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Members of the White Spiers in Aleppo in northern Syria

Israel has evacuated members of a Syrian civil defense group, referred to by the media as White Helmets, from a war zone in the south of the country.

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said they acted in a war zone Request from the US and Europe

About 800 people were evacuated to Jordan over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights overnight, the Israeli media said.

The White Helmets call themselves volunteers to rescue people in Syria

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

They were nominated for the 201

6 Nobel Peace Prize.

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The evacuated White Helmets had worked in an area controlled by the Syrian opposition in the southwest of the country and had been captured by a government offensive. [ID:19659007] The IDF said that they had "made a humanitarian effort to rescue members of a Syrian civil organization and their families" and said there was an "immediate threat to their lives".

They said civilians had been "transferred by Israel" and "subsequently land to a neighboring country"

The IDF did not mention the White Helmets by name or the land receiving the civilians.

Jordan's official Petra News Agency said the country had "authorized the United Nations to organize the passage of some 800 Syrian citizens through Jordan for resettlement in Western countries."

Jordan has reportedly agreed to give them a safe passage to be relocated to Britain, Canada and Germany.

The Syrian government launched a major offensive to recapture the rebels in Daraa and Quneitra areas in June

In a series of agreements, rebel forces were transferred to rebel areas in the north of the country, and the Syrian military then moved in, in order to take control [1965900] The last agreement on thursday agreed upon the fighters and civilians from the provinceQuality evacuation to the Golan Heights

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The situation in South Syria before the last evacuation agreement on Thursday


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