The German Government has evacuated to Germany a senior member of the Syrian civil defense and medical group that operates in opposition-held areas, known as the White Helmets, a German diplomat said Tuesday. Der Spiegel reported that Jordan’s King Abdullah II personally intervened with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to ensure al-Saleh’s resettlement. When Assad is killing his people, King Abdullah II of Jordan is saving lives. Syrian lives. Why can’t Syria have leaders like King Abdullah II?
Thank you Jordan and thank you Germany.
Speaking on condition of anonymity because she had no authorization to speak publicly, the official confirmed a report by German weekly Der Spiegel that Khaled al-Saleh and his family had arrived in Germany.
Der Spiegel reported that the German Government flew al-Saleh out of Jordan on a Luftwaffe plane late Monday.
He had been living in the kingdom since 2018 after helping organize the evacuation of hundreds of besieged White Helmet members from Syria to Jordan, via Israel.
Many of those evacuated were resettled in Europe and Canada, but efforts to bring al-Saleh to Germany were stymied by concerns among security officials in Germany that he might have ties to Islamist extremists, Der Spiegel reported.
THE WHITE HELMETS ARE SYRIA’S TRUE HEROES
The White Helmets have enjoyed backing and received funding and training from Western nations. The Nobel Peace Committee has nominated them for its coveted Prize. The Syrian government and Russia accuses them of cooperating with radical militant groups. An accusation that aims at discrediting their humanitarian work.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have sought refuge in Germany since the start of the war in Syria.
AP contributed to this article.