Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, on Sunday night praised the IDF for the rescue operation of hundreds of members of the White Helmets in Syria.
“Following a request from President Donald Trump and other allied leaders, last night Israel conducted a daring humanitarian rescue from Syria of hundreds of ‘White Helmets’ personnel and their families and transferred them safely to Jordan,” tweeted Greenblatt.
“The Israel Defense Forces deserve special commendation for this - they managed to pull this operation together quickly and were focused on saving as many people as possible. Thank you as well to the Government of Jordan for their efforts,” he continued.
Greenblatt also thanked the State Department, the National Security Council, the U.S. Embassy in Israel and the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, for their assistance in the rescue operation.
Over the weekend, the German newspaper Bild reported that Israel had helped evacuate 800 members of the White Helmets, from southwest Syria.
On Sunday morning, the IDF confirmed that it had competed a “humanitarian effort” on behalf of Syrian civilians.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu later explained that Israel had received a special request from U.S. President Donald Trump to assist the roughly 800 Syrian civilians.
Later on Sunday, the IDF released footage from the rescue operation, showing buses of Syrian civilians being transferred through Israeli territory to Jordan.