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US bars Syrian White Helmets cinematographer from attending Oscars

ISTANBUL: The United States has barred a Syrian cinematographer who worked on an Oscar-nominated documentary from entering the country to attend the Academy Awards ceremony. Khaled Khatib, 21, was granted a US visa and was scheduled to depart from the Turkish city Istanbul on Saturday before US officials reportedly discovered "derogatory information" about him. US Department of Homeland Security at the last minute blocked Khatib from traveling to Los Angeles, saying he now needed a new passport waiver. Derogatory…

Syria’s White Helmets ‘proud’ after Oscar nomination

BEIRUT: Syria's White Helmets rescue workers said on Tuesday they were "proud" that a documentary film about their work saving civilians in their country's devastating war was nominated for an Oscar. "The White Helmets documentary produced by Netflix was nominated for (an) Oscar!! I'm so proud to have filmed this film and for this nomination," wrote White Helmet photographer Khaled Khatib on Twitter. The documentary titled "The White Helmets" was named a contender Tuesday in the Oscars short documentary category.…

Syria’s White Helmets: Heroes who run towards bombs

BEIRUT: Before war broke out they were bakers, decorators or students. Now Syria's volunteer rescuers known as the White Helmets risk their lives trying to pull victims from the rubble. Footage of the daring, often heart-rending rescues carried out by the group's nearly 3,000 volunteers has frequently gone viral, earning it plaudits around the world. Images of the aftermath of bombardments of rebel-held areas almost invariably show White Helmets sprinting into clouds of dust and digging through the debris, often with…

Syria’s White Helmets congratulate Colombia on Nobel

BEIRUT: The head of Syria's White Helmets on Friday congratulated Colombia's president on winning the Nobel Peace Prize, which the rescue force had been widely tipped to receive themselves. A White Helmet volunteer, meanwhile, was killed while responding to a bombing in south Syria just after the Nobel winner was announced earlier Friday, the group said. "Mahmoud al-Muhammad killed today in Daraa after responding to bombing of civilians leaving Friday prayers," the group said on Twitter. White Helmets chief Raed Saleh…

The tragic story behind rescued baby in Syria’s Idlib

IDLIB, SYRIA: The frail cries of four-month-old Wahida made the rescue worker who carried her out of the rubble in Syria's Idlib break down in sobs. The full story is one of tragedy. "I was in the shop when the airplane began carrying out air strikes," recalls 32-year-old father Yehya Maatouq almost matter-of-factly. He was speaking to AFP on the destroyed rooftop of his home in the northwest city of Idlib, clearing away cement and debris from Thursday's fateful raid. "Right after the strike, I ran home and found our…