Syrian Civil Defense

United States | Additional Funding for the Syrian Civil Defense and UN International Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM)

United States – At the direction of the President, subject to congressional approval, the United States intends to provide $5 million for the continuation of the vital, life-saving operations of the White Helmets in Syria and in support of the UN’s International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) which is charged with assisting the investigation and … Continue reading United States | Additional Funding for the Syrian Civil Defense and UN International Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM)

BEIRUT | Blast in northern Syria kills at least 18; cause unclear

BEIRUT  — Syrian opposition activists say an explosion in the country’s north has killed at least 18 people and wounded many others. The cause of the blast wasn’t immediately known. The opposition-run Syrian Civil Defense, also known as White Helmets, says the blast occurred Sunday in the village of Sarmada near the Turkish border and … Continue reading BEIRUT | Blast in northern Syria kills at least 18; cause unclear

BEIRUT | Israel shoots down Syrian jet; Syrian forces reach Golan

BEIRUT — Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet it said had breached its airspace on Tuesday while advancing Syrian government forces retaking territory from rebels reached the Golan Heights frontier for the first time in seven years. The Israeli military said it monitored the advance of the Syrian Sukhoi fighter jet and shot it … Continue reading BEIRUT | Israel shoots down Syrian jet; Syrian forces reach Golan

U.S. Department of State News: Evacuation of the White Helmets From Southwest Syria

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The United States welcomes the safe evacuation of more than 400 members of the Syrian Civil Defense, otherwise known as the White Helmets, and their families from southwest Syria.  We are glad that these ‎brave volunteers, who have saved thousands of lives, are now … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Evacuation of the White Helmets From Southwest Syria

JERUSALEM | Israel evacuates Syrian volunteers stranded in frontier area

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military evacuated hundreds of members of the White Helmets, a Syrian volunteer organization, from the volatile frontier area on the Golan Heights and transported them to Jordan, following a request by the United States and its European allies, officials said Sunday. It was the first such Israeli intervention in Syria’s lengthy … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israel evacuates Syrian volunteers stranded in frontier area

WASHINGTON | US, allies set to evacuate Syrian aid workers from southwest

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say the United States is finalizing plans to evacuate several hundred Syrian civil defense workers and their families from southwest Syria as Russian-backed government forces close in on the area. Two officials familiar with the plans said Thursday that the U.S., Britain and Canada are spearheading the evacuation that would transport … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US, allies set to evacuate Syrian aid workers from southwest

BEIRUT | Syria rescue group says 10 killed in airstrike on shelter

BEIRUT — Dozens of Syrians marched toward the frontier with the Israel-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday fleeing the Syrian government offensive in southwestern Syria. The displaced waved white flags at the Israeli soldiers before they turned back, according to activists. The brief protest on the frontier comes as Syrian and Russian airstrikes intensified in the … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syria rescue group says 10 killed in airstrike on shelter

Reports: Syrian troops split rebel-held enclave near capital

BEIRUT /March 07, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Syrian government forces seized vast swaths of territory including farmland in the opposition-held suburbs of Damascus on Wednesday, effectively dividing the besieged enclave in two and further squeezing rebels and tens of thousands of civilians trapped inside, state media and a war monitor reported. The government, determined to wrest the eastern … Continue reading Reports: Syrian troops split rebel-held enclave near capital

Despite cease-fire, 10 more killed in rebel Damascus suburbs

BEIRUT/February 26, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —A Syrian monitoring group and paramedics say that despite the U.N. cease-fire resolution, new bombardment of the rebel-held suburbs east of Damascus killed 10 people as airstrikes and bombing resumed. Syrian state TV broadcast live footage showing the Harasta suburb being pounded by airstrikes and artillery. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for … Continue reading Despite cease-fire, 10 more killed in rebel Damascus suburbs

Airstrikes in Syria’s Aleppo province kill family of 7

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists and rescue workers say airstrikes on a village in Syria’s Aleppo province have killed seven members of the same family, including four children. Friday’s strike comes as neighborhoods in the besieged rebel-held parts of the city of Aleppo are facing the fourth day of renewed attacks by government warplanes. This … Continue reading Airstrikes in Syria’s Aleppo province kill family of 7