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It said they were transferred to a neighbouring country, which it did not identify, and that the evacuation came at the request of the United States and several European countries.

Southwest Syria, a prized region for almost all stakeholders in Syria's war due to its strategic position bordering both Jordan and the Israel with close proximity to Damascus, has been under heavy bombardment by Assad's forces which launched an offensive last month to take over the last remaining strongholds of rebels in that part of the country.

Its members say they are neutral, but Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government and his Russian ally accuse the White Helmets of being tools of their worldwide donors.

Siraj Mahmoud, a spokesman for the White Helmets in northern Syria, told CNN, "A number of civil defense volunteers - White Helmets - have been evacuated with their family members for humanitarian reasons".

The attack comes less than a day after Jordan said 800 people including members of Syria's controversial "White Helmets" opposition group had been evacuated Sunday from southwest Syria with the help of Israel forces.

Members of the White Helmets as Syrian civilians and rebel fighters arrived in the village of Qalaat al-Madiq, north of Hama on 24 March 2018 after being evacuated from Harasta in Eastern Ghouta.

A Syrian civil defense volunteer, known as the White Helmets, holds the body of a child after he was pulled from the rubble following a government forces air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Karm Homad in the northern city of Aleppo, on October 4, 2016.

Since the Syrian government offensive began in June, the area along the frontier in the Golan Heights has been the safest in the southwestern region, attracting hundreds of displaced because of its location along the disengagement line with Israel, demarcated in 1974 after a war.

"Israel continues to maintain a non-intervention policy regarding the Syrian conflict and continues to hold the Syrian regime accountable for all activities in Syrian territory". The statement said Jordan agreed to accept the workers after Britain, Germany and Canada promised to help resettle them in the coming months.




Supporters of President Bashar al-Assad, and his ally Russian Federation, say the White Helmets support the rebels and also have links to jihadist groups.

"In our minds, there were no guarantees this evacuation was going to happen", one civil defence volunteer said.

Those civilians, majority opponents of the Assad regime, remain trapped in the area adjacent to the Israeli border in the assumption Israel will evacuate them as well.

Cesar says he learned of the operation a few days ago "by chance", but when he contacted White Helmets leadership, they told him it was too late to register to leave. Some 200 members have been killed.

"It's well known, that the White Helmets had their hand in the most notorious false flag operations during the Syrian conflict".

They have reclaimed the Syrian side of the Jordanian border, and taken back the frontier with the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

Some of Iran's military bases in Syria are next to Syrian military compounds, according to the intelligence source.

The Syrian government accused the White Helmets of being agents of foreign enemies and working with insurgents.

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