Israel evacuates hundreds of White Helmets in face of Syria advance


Israel has evacuated hundreds of members of the volunteer Syrian civil defence forces known as the White Helmets to Jordan, with Amman claiming it had struck a deal for them to be resettled in the UK, France and Canada. The Israeli operation was undertaken at the request of London, Paris and Ottawa, the UK’s foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and the international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, said in a joint statement. Jordan had been refusing entry to refugees crossing the border from Syria, even though many were under severe bombardment from a joint Syrian-Russian air and ground offensive, saying its refugee camps were already full.(theguardian)…[+]