Daman Ayed, a 20-year old former rescue worker with the White Helmets is seen at a temporary camp in Aleppo countryside, Syria July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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left behind in SyriaFearing for his life, Daman Ayed registered to be evacuated from Syria along with hundreds of other members of the White Helmets rescue service, hoping for a new life in Canada. But the 20-year-old was not among the several hundred people who were spirited out of the country last weekend over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and into Jordan. When the list of names approved for evacuation arrived, his was not on it.Of about 800 people, which include around 250 White Helmets and 550 family members, only about 100 rescue workers and around 300 relatives were able to cross through the Golan Heights and Jordan.However, other White Helmets, including Ayed, were never cleared for evacuation. Rescue workers with the White Helmets, which operates only in opposition-held parts of Syria, are at great risk if captured by the government, Ayed said.As the army closed in, it shelled the White Helmets center and the rescue workers fled before it was captured, he said.
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