Syria: White Helmets

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the capture of Idlib province by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), whether they will cease supporting the White Helmets operating in areas of Idlib under the control of HTS.

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​We will continue our support to the White Helmets in Idlib. In a statement on 22 January, the White Helmets made clear that recent changes in control in Idlib had not affected their ability to continue their humanitarian work with independence and neutrality. As with all our work, we have extensive controls in place to ensure that our aid reaches those who need it and that it does not benefit extremists or terrorist groups.

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