Britain To Take In Some Of The 800 Evacuated Overnight From Syria

Hundreds of Syrian 'White Helmets' evacuated by Israel to Jordan — reports

Hundreds of rebels and their families evacuated from southern Syria after a deal was struck with the regime arrived Saturday in the country's northwest, an AFP correspondent said.

An Israeli source briefed on the David's Sling activation said the interceptor missiles were launched following an initial assessment that the two incoming Syrian SS-21 rockets would hit the Israeli side of the Golan. It was unclear what happened to the remainder.

Jordan's state news agency said the evacuees will remain in the country for approximately three months and then be resettled to Canada, Britain and Germany.

The White Helmets were taken across the border and then ferried on buses across the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and on into Jordan.

"These Syrian citizens who were working in the civil defense, had fled the areas controlled by the Syrian opposition after the Syrian army's attack in those areas". The group is funded in part by the British government. 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". U.S. officials said the volunteers at the border were likely to be targeted by the government advance.

Damascus on Monday condemned the evacuation as a "criminal operation" undertaken by "Israel and its tools".[L5N1UJ2FC] The Russian embassy in Israel tweeted that the White Helmets were "militants", linking them with Syria's Islamist-led insurgents.

He told The National that the relocated people had been encircled in the provinces of Deraa and Quneitra, but did not elaborate on the exact numbers of those moved. Syrian rebel forces had hoped to oust dictator Bashar al-Assad.

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Syrian authorities have long described the Civil Defense search-and-rescue group, which are popularly known as the White Helmets, as a terror organization.

"Following an Israeli Government directive and at the request of the United States and additional European countries, the IDF recently completed a humanitarian effort to rescue members of a Syrian civil organization and their families", the IDF said in a statement. Evacuation plans were accelerated after last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels. The incident triggered sirens in northern Israel and on the Golan, sending many residents to shelters. Some 300,000 have been displaced by the fighting, with only a few thousands opting for evacuation to Idlib, which is expected to be the target of the next government offensive.

The Syrian government is unlikely to fire there or carry out airstrikes for fear of an Israeli response.

The Syrian government, backed by its ally Russian Federation have seized back control of much of southwest Syria, the area where the insurgency against President Assad first began in 2011.

Britain is among the countries that will take in some of the 800 people removed overnight from Syria by Israeli forces.

With its new advances, government forces are, for the first time since the civil war began in 2011, retaking this territory from the rebels and restoring their positions along the disengagement line in the Golan Heights.

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