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MPs look to support Syrian rescue workers after ‘riveting’ Ottawa appearance

By Jolson Lim      

'The conditions they work under are indescribable,' says Liberal MP Michael Levitt after the White Helmets spoke to a House subcommittee.

A member of the White Helmets holds a child harmed in a sarin gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, on April 4, 2017. Representatives of the urban rescue group were in Ottawa at the end of March. Photograph courtesy of the White Helmets' Twitter account
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Moved by “riveting” stories of life and death told by members of the famed Syrian ‘White Helmets’ to the House Subcommittee on International Human Rights late last month, MPs say Canada must work to ensure that the cash-strapped search and rescue organization continues its humanitarian work in the war-ravaged country. Subcommittee chair Michael Levitt (York Centre, Ont.) called the March 29 testimonies from three members of the White Helmets “absolutely riveting” and described them as the “last line

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