• The assault occurred in rebel-controlled Idlib province amid current spikes in violence
  • The unidentified attackers stole automobiles and gear, activists stated

The attackers additionally stole two vans, helmets and walkie-talkies, in accordance with a press release from the group, which is formally often known as the Syrian Civil Protection.

The Aleppo Media Heart activist group additionally stated seven volunteers have been killed in an assault — and posted video and images of their funeral.

A procession of largely males carried the useless to be buried, the photographs present. Most of the mourners wore the White Helmets badge and broke down in tears.

The Syrian Civil Protection referred to as for northern Syrian checkpoints to detain any automobiles bearing the White Helmets brand that weren’t verified.

Attacked amid spikes in violence

The assault occurred within the metropolis of Sarmin in Idlib province, which final month got here largely underneath the management of Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, a coalition of Salafi jihadist teams that features Fateh al-Sham. The latter group had been often known as Jabhat al-Nusra earlier than renouncing its ties to al Qaeda.

Idlib, one of many final Syrian provinces nonetheless past regime management, has been experiencing spikes in violence.

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After the Syrian authorities — with the assistance of Russian air energy — regained management of the important thing metropolis of Aleppo final yr, plenty of opposition rebels have been bussed to Idlib as a part of a people-swap settlement.

The White Helmets have delivered to gentle the dimensions of the Syrian battle in a painfully visceral means, documenting their restoration operations by way of video and photograph.