Jihadist group White Helmets evacuated: To be resettled in Europe, US, and Canada
23 July, 2018
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has revealed that US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have reportedly asked Israel to evacuate the members of the Western-backed White Helmets from Syria.
Netanyahu said in a video address on Sunday…
“President Trump and also Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, as well as others, requested us to help take out from Syria hundreds of White Helmets members.”
Netanyahu described the White Helmets, who have been accused of cooperating with terrorists and faking chemical attacks, as “people who saved lives.”
Netanyahu further noted that the members of jihadist group were “under life-threatening danger… I therefore authorized for them to be transferred through Israel to other countries as an important humanitarian measure.”
On Saturday Israel evacuated several hundred White Helmet staff and their families from the Golan Heights region in southern Syria to Jordan. The initial plan reportedly involved the evacuation of 800 people, but the Jordanian authorities later said that only 422 made it into the country.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, Emmanuel Nahshon, wrote on Twitter that Israel carried out the operation “upon request of the US, Canada and European states.”
The Syrian Foreign Ministry has condemned the evacuation of the White Helmets personnel from the country, calling it a “criminal operation” by “Israel and its tools.”
“The operation carried out by Israel and its subordinates is criminal, it revealed the true nature of the so-called White Helmets, Syria warned about its danger,” the ministry’s spokesperson told the SANA state news agency.