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USA officials had said they were finalizing plans to evacuate several hundred Syrian civil defense workers and their families from southwest Syria as Russian-backed government forces closed in on the Quneitra province.

"Now that it appears that the Assad regime is going to regain its hold over all of Syria, the worldwide community wanted to extricate them so that they wouldn't have to pay the price of the enormous hatred that the Syrian regime has for them", he said.

They were to be transferred to other buses run by local NGOs, before travelling further north to temporary camps in rebel-held areas in Idlib and Aleppo provinces, the Britain-based monitor said.

The "White Helmet" volunteers, who work to save civilians affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria, were reportedly trapped in the southwestern part of the country after an offensive by Syrian leader Bashar Assad's military.

Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Kayed says the Syrians will remain in Jordan for three months before moving on to Canada, Britain and Germany.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday: "We are continuing to act in Syria to prevent Iranian entrenchment there".

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The White Helmets, officially called the Syrian Civil Defence, operates a rescue service in rebel-held parts of Syria.

The Syrian government managed to get full control over a strategic territory at the border with Jordan following the operation.

The military said its actions did not reflect a change to Israel's non-intervention policy in Syria's war, where all the warring parties are considered hostile.

On Sunday, Jeremy Hunt, Britain's new foreign secretary, who recently replaced Boris Johnson, took to Twitter to trumpet the evacuation: "Fantastic news that we - United Kingdom and friends - have secured evacuation of White Helmets and their families".

People walk past Israeli soldiers as they board a bus during the Syria Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, extraction from the Golan Heights.

Israel Defense Forces tweeted Sunday the White Helmets "faced an immediate threat to their lives in Syria".

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The White Helmet volunteers and their families will be held in a "restricted area" of Jordan and assessed by the United Nations, pending resettlement.

Some 422 volunteers and family members were taken to Jordan via the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights overnight.

Although Israel is not directly involved in the Syria conflict, the two countries have been in a state of war for decades.

The United States once armed the southern FSA rebels, but told them at the start of the Russian-Syrian offensive not to expect its intervention. Out of concern that the missiles were launched towards Israel, alarm sirens were sounded in many areas in the Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights, including Tzfat and Katzrin. The SAA also managed to recover more than 90% of the rebel-controlled Daraa area near the Jordanian border.

The rescue marked the first time in the eight-year war that Israel has allowed Syrians to flee through its territory.

A Canadian Foreign Ministry statement on Saturday said the White Helmets "have witnessed vicious atrocities committed by the Assad regime and its backers".

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The majority of those killed were involved in protests and clashes but others were seeking to breach or damage the border fence. Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, condemned the move and called the initial closing last week a "crime against humanity".

The English paper omitted that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have delivered large amounts of humanitarian aid to the refugees and are transferring wounded Syrians to Israeli hospitals.


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