Members of the White Helmets bury seven of their colleagues killed by unknown gunmen Saturday morning in Sarmin, Idlib. Photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Seven members of the Syria Civil Defense rescue workers were killed when unknown gunmen stormed their office in Sarmin, Idlib province Saturday morning.
“Indications are that this – single most deadly attack against our members – was not Regime but a criminal gang,” the organization tweeted.
The first responders, commonly known as the White Helmets, operate in rebel-control territory and have frequently been targeted by regime forces.
The gunmen “executed the volunteers with a gunshot to the head and stole everything in the center,” tweeted Khaled Khatib, a cameraman for the White Helmets.
The attack on the organization came one day after it was awarded the Manhae Peace Prize in South Korea. Raed al-Saleh, leader of the White Helmets, left a message for peace at a temple when collecting the prize: “We have seen war. There are no winners. Pray for peace.”
The White Helmets were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize last year.
No one has immediately claimed responsibility.