The Syrian Army advances toward Golan Heights border

Civil Defence rescue children after what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al Assad in al Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo Syria Jun 2 2014. Reuters

Officially called the Syrian Civil Defence but known by their distinctive white helmets, the group has operated a rescue service in rebel-held parts of Syria.

Russian and Syrian jets stepped up their bombing of an Islamic State bastion along the Jordan-Israel border in southwestern Syria, as the militants pushed into areas abandoned by other rebel groups, diplomatic and opposition sources said.

Praising the White Helmets as "courageous volunteers" who risk their lives to help fellow Syrians targeted by senseless violence, Freeland said "Canada will continue to provide significant humanitarian assistance to the people affected by this conflict in Syria".

The U.S. statement said that "we deeply appreciate Israel's role in facilitating the transit of the White Helmets and their family members".

The request came as the volunteer rescuers were threatened by advancing forces of the Syrian regime in the south of the war-ravaged country, the radio station reported.

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Israeli media identified the Syrians as belonging to the White Helmets organization.

Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and his Russian allies, say the White Helmets support the rebels and also have links to jihadist groups.

The Syrian government managed to get full control over a strategic territory at the border with Jordan following the operation.

The White Helmets have been one of the few glimmers of light during the bloody and savage war that has ravaged Syria since 2011, leaving 350,000 people dead and millions more displaced.

An Israeli government source confirmed Israel's military had rescued 800 people who were taken to Jordan.

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"They were evacuated from the war zone in Southern Syria to a neighboring country".

White Helmets head Raed Saleh said the evacuees had arrived in Jordan after being "surrounded in a risky region".

A former resident in touch with relatives said thousands of civilians whose villages have been bombed have fled to the safety of areas either held by the army or rebels. Out of concern that the missiles were launched towards Israel, alarm sirens were sounded in many areas in the Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights, including Tzfat and Katzrin.

Iran's growing role in the region is a major source of tensions as it funnels money into Hezbollah and the Syrian regime, both avowed enemies of the US-backed Israeli and Saudi governments.

The White Helmets work exclusively in rebel-held areas and receive donations from several Western governments, including Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States.

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Refugees, meanwhile, who've been trapped by the fighting have set up camps near the Israeli-controlled Golan. "The White Helmets have witnessed vicious atrocities committed by the Assad regime and its backers".

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