"France actively participates in the operation, which has allowed the White Helmets and their relatives to leave Syria where they had been facing a big threat. This operation includes their relocation to the third countries. France will take part in the acceptance of White Helmets and their families," the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson said at a briefing.
According to local media, about 800 NGO members have been transported through Israel to Jordan. However, the AFP news agency reported, citing Jordan's Foreign Ministry, that only some 420 NGO members were evacuated, while the remaining White Helmets did not manage to reach border due "the situation on the ground."
The White Helmets volunteer organization considers itself a non-governmental organization aimed at protecting Syrian civilians, however, it has repeatedly been accused of staging false flag attacks and filming fake "rescue" videos. Particularly, Syrian President Bashar Assad claims that the group is affiliated with the al-Qaeda* terrorist organization.
*Al-Qaeda — is a terrorist group banned in Russia.