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Syrian "White Helmets" evacuated to Jordan

2018-07-22 20:54
A group of Syrian 'White Helmet' rescue workers has been evacuated to Jordan. They're among 800 people the Kingdom is allowing in temporarily before they're settled in Western countries. Israeli officials said they helped facilitate the mission because there was a "immediate threat to their lives and families." Damascus forces are advancing against rebels in southwest Syria, and the White Helmets work to save civilians in rebel-held areas. On Saturday, Israeli security forces closed down roads in the occupied Golan Heights on the Syrian border, ahead of the operation. A spokesperson for the Jordanian Kingdom said it had allowed the UN to arrange the entry for the Syrian refugees. He added that Britain, Germany and Canada had agreed to resettle them within three months. The White Helmets are credited with saving thousands of lives and were nominated for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.