Volunteers killed in Syria airstrikes
Russian planes have been blamed for the killing of two volunteers with the rescue group White Helmets, when an ambulance was struck in the rebel stronghold of Idlib in north-western Syria.
“A thorough examination of evidence, such as eyewitnesses and the identification of the munitions used in the attack … (has) conclusively proven that the aircraft that committed today’s crime of targeting and killing our volunteers belonged to the Russian Air Force,” a statement by the White Helmets issued early Thursday said.
The White Helmets, who work only in rebel-held areas of war-torn Syria, said three other volunteers were also injured in another airstrike in Idlib on Wednesday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, confirmed the attack and said earlier that Russian warplanes, which support government forces, were behind the strikes.
The aid group condemned what it described as a “deliberate and systematic targeting of civilians and humanitarian workers,” in the strongest possible terms..”