ITV News — July 22, 2018
Israel has successfully evacuated 800 White Helmet volunteers and their families from Syria and moved them to neighbouring Jordan on the request of the UK and other nations.
The group was evacuated from the Golan Heights, near Israel’s border, as Syria’s Russian-backed government forces closed in.
It marked the first such Israeli intervention in Syria’s civil war, now in its eighth year.
New Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt praised the operation on Sunday, describing the news as “fantastic”.
The 800 Syrian citizens will remain in Jordan for three months before eventually being resettled in Britain, Germany and Canada.
Fantastic news that we - UK and friends - have secured evacuation of White Helmets and their families - thank you Israel and Jordan for acting so quickly on our request. The WH are the bravest of the brave and in a desperate situation this is at least one ray of hope
Mr Hunt tweeted: “Fantastic news that we – UK and friends – have secured evacuation of White Helmets and their families – thank you Israel and Jordan for acting so quickly on our request.
“The WH are the bravest of the brave and in a desperate situation this is at least one ray of hope.”
Israel’s military said the operation, which was carried out overnight, was an “exceptional humanitarian gesture” that was done at the request of the United States and its European allies due to “an immediate threat to (Syrians’) lives”.
A Jordanian military spokesperson confirmed the details, saying: “The request was approved based on purely humanitarian reasons.”