Rebel-held parts of northern Hama province have been shelled intensively in recent weeks.
Without Israel "there was no way to save their lives" says Canada's Deputy Head of Mission Anthony Hinton
This is likely because single men could travel more easily to get around regime checkpoints, than groups of families and hundreds of people.
The statement did not mention Israel once.
In the official statement of the French Foreign Ministry the word 'Israel' is not mentioned.
Washington and Western powers scrambled to coordinate the U.N., Israel and Jordan as crisis worsened on Golan and Syrian regime closed in.
Increasingly frequent incidents in the Golan may be part of the end of the Syrian conflict, but could also herald a new normal of threats from Iran.
The Syrian government has previously accused the White Helmets of being part of a Western-sponsored terrorist organization.
While superficially sensational, analysts highlight Jerusalem's limited role in the mission which they claim did not mark a departure from longstanding policies