Players of the team of the Syrian Civil Defence (known as the White Helmets) shake hands with their opponents prior to the first football game at Idlib's stadium since three years, in Idlib on April 25, 2018. / AFP / OMAR HAJ KADOUR
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Syria's White Helmets rescue force are facing a "freeze" on funding from the U.S., its chief told AFP Saturday, saying he was worried President Donald Trump would suddenly cut support.Raed Saleh said that Syria Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, would continue its programming but that financial support coming from the U.S. was under review. The U.S. State Department said in April that funds earmarked for Syria's "stabilization" were being re-assessed, but did not say whether funding for the White Helmets would stop.The White Helmets' 3,700 members work in opposition-controlled swathes of Syria, which has been caught up in conflict since 2011 .
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