Netanyahu calls Syrian White Helmets evacuation ‘important humanitarian step‘

One day after Israel evacuated some 800 Syrian White Helmets, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the action "an important humanitarian step," according to a statement his office released on Sunday.

"In the last few days, the United States President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and several others asked for our help in assisting hundreds of Syrian "white helmets." These are people that saved lives and were found in life-threatening danger. I therefore permitted their transfer through Israel to additional countries, as an important humanitarian step."

"In parallel, we are not stopping to act in Syria against the attempts of military entrenchment of Iran there."