Human Rights

US welcomes safe evacuation of White Helmets from Syria

The US welcomed Sunday the safe evacuation of over 400 members of the “Syrian Civil Defense,” known as the White Helmets and their families from southwest Syria.

State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement “we are glad that these ?�brave volunteers, who have saved thousands of lives, are now out of harm’s way”.

She added that the U.S. and its international partners “asked the United Nations to take the central role in this critical humanitarian operation,” and that in response “the UN organized entry into Jordan for these members of the White Helmets and their families, who are fleeing violence in southwest Syria”.

“The White Helmets have consistently been targeted by the Assad regime. Members of the group, more than half of which are children, were allowed entry into Jordan on a transit basis, until UNHCR completes procedures for their resettlement in third countries,” she noted.

“We commend Jordan’s generosity in supporting their processing by UNHCR and the commitment of the United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany to provide the White Helmets and their families with permanent homes,” she remarked.

She reiterated “we renew our call on the Assad regime and Russia to abide by their commitments, end the violence, and protect all Syrian civilians, including humanitarians such as the White Helmets, in areas formerly part of the southwest de-escalation zone and throughout Syria,” she stressed.

Source: Kuwait News Agency