Six White Helmets volunteers injured as Russian warplanes bomb Idlib's Saraqib

2020-02-01 07:15:00

Russian warplanes bombed on Friday (January 31) Idlib countryside, injuring volunteers and causing severe material damage, Orient correspondent said. 

Three Russian airstrikes targeted the White Helmets center in Saraqib city in Idlib countryside, injuring six White Helmets volunteers and rendering the center out of service.

Meanwhile, Russian warplanes and Assad militiamen shelled several villages and towns within the demilitarized zone (DMZ) of Idlib countryside, including, Jisr al-Shughur, Saraqib and Bidama, causing severe damage.

On Wednesday midnight Russian warplanes bombed al-Shami Hospital, a bakery and civilian homes in the city of Ariha in Idlib countryside, killing 12 civilians, including four children and six women and injuring 68 others, including 13 children and 15 women.

In December, Muhannad al-Shaarawi, a White Helmets volunteer was killed while evacuating family members from their home on Maaret al-Numan city.

267 White Helmets volunteers have been killed in Syria since 2011, Raed Saleh, the head of the White Helmets told Orient TV in July.

Many of them were killed in "double tap strikes", struck as they attempted to rescue civilians from bombed-out buildings. 

The White Helmets or the Civil Defence volunteers are the first respondents to the attacks conducted by Assad regime and Russian warplanes.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights SNHR documented in its report released on (January 1) 43 massacres committed by Assad regime's militias and 22 massacres committed by Russian forces in 2019.

The report documented the deaths of 3,364 civilians in 2019, including 842 children and 486 women at the hands of the perpetrator parties to the conflict in Syria, including 234 in December.

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