White Helmets volunteers shot dead in Syria

White Helmets volunteers shot dead in Syria

White Helmets volunteers shot dead in Syria

Unidentified attackers shot dead seven members of Syria's White Helmets rescue service early on Saturday during a raid on their base in a militant-held northwestern town, the group said.

The White Helmets bunch was generally viewed as prone to win a year ago's Nobel Peace Prize.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the volunteers had been killed by bullets to the head.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the rare attack but it came amid tension in the area.

The volunteers were attacked on Saturday morning in Sarmin, six miles east of the city of Idlib, which is controlled by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham jihadist alliance. Al-Qaida's partner, which utilized by to be known as the Nusra Front, has battled destructive fights with IS over the previous years.

"As of not long ago it is for the most part likely a wrongdoing".

A restriction lobbyist situated in Idlib who has been giving The Associated Press data about the territory for a considerable length of time said the aggressors utilized guns outfitted with silencers, including that individuals living adjacent did not see anything freakish.

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The activist, who asked that his name not be used for fear of reprisals, said ISIL sleeper cells have been discovered in Sarmin.

A procession of mostly men carried the dead to be buried, the images show.

The activist said the HTS-linked Judicial Committee is investigating the case.

They operate a rescue service in rebel-held parts of Syria, which have been subjected to fierce bombardment by the government and Russia's air force that has levelled whole city districts during the country's civil war.

They have since gained widespread worldwide renown for their daring rescues, with footage often taken and circulated on social media. Since they are funded by a number of Western governments, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies often accuse them of supporting rebels and terrorists, as well as being "tools of their global donors".

Elsewhere in Syria, a suicide attacker blew himself inside a training camp for the Army of Islam rebel group in the southern town of Naseeb, near the border with Jordan, killing more than 20 fighters.

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