Netanyahu meets Russian FM, rejects Syria buffer zone restraining Iran

26 July, 2018, 01:36 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • H8 syria white helmets israel

Israel ferried 800 members and relatives of the White Helmets who were threatened by the advance of government forces in the provinces of Deraa and Quneitra.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a joint statement with the International Development Secretary that the "brave and selfless" volunteers required "immediate protection".

Ottawa confirmed that Trudeau spoke to Netanyahu Saturday about "the regional security situation and the evacuation of White Helmets from Syria".

It said they were transferred to a neighbouring country, which it did not identify.

Officially called the Syrian Civil Defense but known by their distinctive white helmets, the group has operated a rescue service in rebel-held parts of Syria after aerial bombing of civilian areas.

FILE - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi enter a hall during a meeting in Moscow, Russia, July 4, 2018.

It is not clear if the White Helmets who have been previously evacuated to Idlib from other parts of Syria will receive similar treatment.

"Too many times we've seen the same child in photographs, year after year, always covered in dust", Hersh said, adding that the White Helmets "do engage in anti-Assad [activities]". Their volunteers have gone into war-stricken areas, searching for survivors, winning them support from many countries, including the United States.

The evacuees were transported on Sunday to Jordan, from where they are expected to be resettled in Europe and Canada in the coming weeks.

Spokesman Mohammed al-Kayed said the Syrians would remain in a closed area for up to three months before moving on.


The Syrian government has condemned the evacuation over the weekend of the White Helmets civil defence group from a war zone in the south of the country.

The announcement marked the first such Israeli intervention in Syria's civil war, now in its eighth year.

"The Russians are speaking about [the 100km buffer zone] and are committed to it, but we said there are also long-range weapons beyond this zone, and all those forces must leave Syria", the official said.

In June, Israel fired a missile at a drone that approached its airspace near the Syrian frontier.

Evacuation plans were accelerated after last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels. All other opposition fighters along the southwestern border left following deals struck with the Syrian government and Russian forces.

"Jordan is willing and encouraging the return when tension calms down because the refugees constitute a heavy burden on the kingdom in the light of the worldwide community's inability to cover the costs", she said.

Close to one million Syrians are registered with the U.N.'s refugee agency in Lebanon.

Aron Lund, a Syria expert with the Century Foundation, said after the worldwide community's funding and promoting the White Helmets for years, the evacuation should not be a surprise.

Syrian state television said on Sunday an Israeli air strike hit a military post in the city of Misyaf in Syria's Hama province but caused only material damage.

Recommended:

  • What happened every other time Putin met with United States  presidents

    What happened every other time Putin met with United States presidents

    Despite his claim, Trump heaped more praise on the autocratic nation, while at the same time taking aim at one of our allies. With that, Trump declared the contretemps over, insisting, "I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself".
    Trump claims ex-lawyer's phone-taping is 'perhaps illegal'

    Trump claims ex-lawyer's phone-taping is 'perhaps illegal'

    The affair took place in 2006, while Trump was married to his current wife and shortly after the birth of his youngest son, Baron. Today, the president tweeted , " inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer's office... nearly unheard of".
    Storms usher in much cooler weather

    Storms usher in much cooler weather

    Occasional showers will be possible through the first half of the day with pop-up thunderstorms arriving this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 80s to lower 90s with the rain and the clouds. "Get indoors when this storm approaches".
  • Shape Up or Ship Out, Liverpool Coach Klopp Tells Origi

    Shape Up or Ship Out, Liverpool Coach Klopp Tells Origi

    That's completely normal.' What is also normal is the rising pressure on Klopp. And he doesn't believe the physicality of the league will be a problem for him.
    Trump sides with Russian Federation  against Federal Bureau of Investigation  at Helsinki summit

    Trump sides with Russian Federation against Federal Bureau of Investigation at Helsinki summit

    This aspect of his personality was on display again today in his joint press conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin . Trump again denied that there had been any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation .
    Thousands of police deployed ahead of Champs Elysées parade

    Thousands of police deployed ahead of Champs Elysées parade

    One station, Notre-Dame des Champs, will now be called Notre Didier Deschamps (Our Didier Deschamps), in an homage to the coach. Striker Antoine Griezmann, whose fourth goal of Russian Federation 2018 came in the final, told fifa.com: 'We're so happy.
  • Survivor of duck boat accident describes horrific scene

    Survivor of duck boat accident describes horrific scene

    Also killed were 64-year-old Leslie Dennison of IL and 15-year-old Lance Smith and 53-year-old Steve Smith from Arkansas. The previous deadliest accident was in 1999 when 13 people died when a duck boat sank in Arkansas.
    Trump slams European Union  over $5-billion fine on Google

    Trump slams European Union over $5-billion fine on Google

    Google risks losing that traction if it is forced to surrender its real estate on millions of Android phones . FBN's Kristina Partsinevelos on the European Union's record fine against Google over antitrust violations.
    Angelique Kerber wins first Wimbledon Title after defeating Serena Williams

    Angelique Kerber wins first Wimbledon Title after defeating Serena Williams

    Wimbledon Patron, Kate, cheered on Serena Williams with the tennis star's friend Meghan at the Ladies Singles final. Those words proved to be a near-perfect fit description of Kerber's deft 6-3, 6-3 dissection of Serena Williams.
  • Johnny Manziel traded to Montreal Alouettes

    Johnny Manziel traded to Montreal Alouettes

    The former Cleveland Browns quarterback was traded by the Tiger-Cats to the Montreal Alouettes Sunday, per ESPN News Services . Crowley claimed in court papers that Manziel hit her so hard during the incident that she lost hearing in her left ear.
    17 dead after duck boat capsizes in Missouri

    17 dead after duck boat capsizes in Missouri

    He said dive teams were wrapping up for the evening and would resume in the morning. "I believe it was caused by weather, yes". The CoxHealth Medical Center said it was treating six patients from the incident, three of whom were under the age of 18.
    European Union  hits Google with $5bn fine for breaking competition rules

    European Union hits Google with $5bn fine for breaking competition rules

    The Commission has been investigating Google's use of Android since 2015 after European and American rivals complained. Vestager also accused Google of making illegal payments to manufacturers to ensure that its apps are pre-loaded.


Popular

Sony just made a 48MP Stacked CMOS Image Sensor for smartphones
A 0.8 micron pixel size might seem small and less efficient in capturing the entire light information, especially in low light. The ultra-small pixels mean that the new image sensor comes in at just 8mm diagonal despite the impressive pixel count.

British Police Reportedly Identify Russian Suspects In Nerve Agent Attack On Skripals
The police found no evidence that Rowley and Sturgess ever talked with the ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia. Specialists in hazmat suits looking for in public toilets Salisbury, traces of nerve agents are a novice .

Xiaomi Mi A2 Global Launch - All Features, Price, India Launch, Availability & More!
Powering the device is a familiar Snapdragon 625 processor which is the same unit that's powering last year's Mi A1. Xiaomi is live streaming the Mi A2 launch, so you should be able to catch all the updates without missing anything.

Putin Summit Should Proceed: Pompeo
But he has also seemed to suggest that there is not much he can do to push back against the Russian leader's denials. The United States has no extradition treaty with Moscow and can not compel Russian Federation to hand over citizens.

Royal family releases Prince Louis' official christening photos
The family is joined by his grandad and grandma here - Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall . But for some royals fans, the shot of just mother and son was the standout of the set.

Thai soccer boys weren't able to watch World Cup live
One Thai Navy SEAL died trying to save the group. "Everyone has worked well together to bring the children out". Medics said the boys were only considered mentally strong enough on Saturday to hear the news of Mr Kunan.

Kate Upton & Justin Verlander Expecting First Child
The photo, with Upton in red trousers , white tank top and red jacket, was showing just a hint of a baby bump. It will be the first child for both her and Verlander, an All-Star pitcher for the Houston Astros.

US Accuses N. Korea of Breaching UN Sanctions on Refined Oil
The United States provided a list to the Security Council committee of the 89 North Korean tankers and a few select photos, seen by Reuters.

Donald Trump visibly annoyed by question over incendiary Brexit comments
He criticized the US President over his tweets following the terror attacks in London previous year . Trump told reporters at the joint press conference. "I haven't been there in a long time".

Eden Hazard names himself as World Cup Golden Ball victor
Beating Belgium on Saturday would give England their best World Cup finish since then, surpassing fourth place in Italy in 1990. Kevin De Bruyne ( Belgium): How England desperately need a player like the Manchester City magician.