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‘Western-backed White Helmets still in Jordan, active in Syria provocations’

12 January 2019 19:04

Russia has warned that members of the White Helmets volunteer organization are still in Jordan after their withdrawal from Syria as their Western sponsors are reluctant to resettle the so-called aid workers.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a media briefing on Friday that the White Helmets had been promised shelter in European countries, but “the matter has not been resolved so far.”

“Clearly, the West is not ready to welcome those who were involved in serious crimes,” she added.

The White Helmets claims to be a humanitarian NGO, but it has been accused of working with anti-Damascus terrorists and staging false-flag chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad described the White Helmets as “a branch of al-Qaeda and al-Nusra” militant outfits and a “PR stunt” by the US, the UK and France.

Western countries decided last year to rescue White Helmets members amid stepped-up territorial gains made by the Syrian army against Takfiri terrorists.

Last July, hundreds of White Helmets volunteers and their family members were evacuated from Syria to Israel and then to Jordan, to be resettled later in the UK, Canada, and Germany.

PressTV-White Helmets evacuated from Syria to Israel: Report

White Helmets evacuated from Syria to Israel: Report

Members of a Western-backed aid group accused of working with Takfiri militants and staging false flag gas attacks in Syria have reportedly been evacuated to an Israeli military base.

Elsewhere in her remarks, Zakharova said that a group of White Helmets still remains in Jordan.

“They are actively participating in provocations staged in Syria, and they also cooperated with terrorists,” she noted.

The Russian official further stressed that the White Helmets’ sponsors are afraid of the threat posed by the group to their own citizens.

“Supporting instigators in a foreign country is one thing, but welcoming them on your own territory is quite another matter, as it creates threats for your citizens,” she said. “It is also possible that once out of the Middle East, some White Helmets members would be ready to tell the truth about their activities in Syria. Their sponsors are definitely not interested in that.”

The White Helmets was founded in Turkey in 2013 by former British MI5 officer James Le Mesurier.

Since its establishment, the group has received at least $55 million from the British Foreign Office, $23 million or more from the US Office of Transition Initiatives and untold millions from Qatar.

UK-made arms uncovered in Syria

Separately on Friday, the Syrian government forces discovered weapons and munitions, some of them manufactured in the UK, and vehicles belonging to the White Helmets during a clean-up operation in the western countryside of Damascus and Quneitra provinces.

The photo shows weapons discovered by Syrian forces in the western countryside of Damascus and Quneitra provinces on January 11, 2019. (SANA news agency)

Syria’s official SANA news agency reported that the arms had been left behind by the terrorists.

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