Russia Bombs Rescuers in Syria
Double-tap air strike kills White Helmet
Russian warplanes began bombing rebels in Syria on Sept. 30. And on Oct. 3, an apparent Russian air raid in Idlib killed at least one volunteer rescuer from the White Helmets group.
White Helmets described the bombing as a “double-tap.” In other words, one bomb exploded. And when the White Helmet volunteers rushed in to help, a second munition struck.
White Helmets named Issam Al Saleh, a father of two, as a victim of the blast.
White Helmets also calls itself “Syrian Civil Defense.”
“When the bombs rain down, the Syrian Civil Defense rushes in,” the group states. “In a place where public services no longer function these unarmed volunteers risk their lives to help anyone in need — regardless of their religion or politics. … These volunteer rescue workers operate in the most dangerous place on Earth.”