WATCH: IDF rescues hundreds of civilians in Syria in immediate danger

“The transfer of the displaced Syrians through Israel is an exceptional humanitarian gesture,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated.

Following an Israeli Government directive and at the request of the United States and some European countries, the IDF recently completed a humanitarian effort to rescue several hundred members of a Syrian civil organization and their families. The civilians were evacuated from the war zone in Southern Syria due to an immediate threat to their lives.

“The transfer of the displaced Syrians through Israel is an exceptional humanitarian gesture. The civilians were subsequently transferred to a neighboring country,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated.

“Israel continues to maintain a non-intervention policy regarding the Syrian conflict and continues to hold the Syrian regime accountable for all activities in Syrian territory.”

Early Sunday evening, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following statement:

“Several days ago President Trump contacted me, as did Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and others, and requested that we assist in evacuating hundreds of ‘white helmets’ from Syria. These are people who have saved lives and whose lives were in danger. Therefore, I approved their passage through Israel to additional countries, as an important humanitarian gesture.

“Concurrently, we will not stop taking action in Syria against Iran’s attempts to establish a military presence there.

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“At the same time we are also taking action in the south. We hit Hamas very hard over the weekend and – if it proves necessary – we will hit them seven-fold.”