Syrian rescue volunteers killed in shooting

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

Seven members of the Syria Civil Defense rescue workers were killed when unknown gunmen stormed their office in Sarmin, Idlib province Saturday morning. Sarmin is in Idlib Province, which has witnessed clashes recently between rival insurgent groups.

The Aleppo Media Center activist group also said seven volunteers were killed in an attack - and posted video and photos of their funeral. "May God strengthen us and make us patient for facing this tragedy".

The attackers also stole two vans, helmets and walkie-talkies, according to a statement from the group, which is formally known as the Syrian Civil Defense.

The organization, the subject of a film that won this year's Academy Award for best documentary short, has been targeted in the past.

In 2016 they were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Members of the White Helmets bury their fellow comrades murdered at a base in the province of Idlib
Members of the White Helmets bury their fellow comrades murdered at a base in the province of Idlib

The White Helmets have been working to rescue civilians in rebel-held areas since 2013.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the seven volunteers who died had all been shot in the head.

Although its volunteers work in exclusively rebel-held areas, the group insists it is not partisan.

They have since gained global renown for their daring rescues, often filmed and circulated on social media, and were even nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.

President Bashar al Assad's government, meanwhile, accuses the group of faking videos and being a tool of its worldwide donors.

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