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267 White Helmets members killed in Syria since 2012

A man, member of Syrian civil defense organization, White Helmets lets a white pigeon to fly for people who lost his life in chemical attack that in the Eastern Ghouta region of Damascus, Syria on 22 August, 2017 [Amer Almohibany/Anadolu Agency]
A man, member of Syrian civil defense organization, White Helmets lets a white pigeon to fly for people who lost his life in chemical attack that in the Eastern Ghouta region of Damascus, Syria on 22 August, 2017 [Amer Almohibany/Anadolu Agency]

At least 267 members of Syrian civil defense agency White Helmets have been killed in attacks since 2012.

According to a White Helmets report, the deaths include 240 people who died in attacks perpetrated by the Bashar al-Assad regime and Russian forces.

Since April 26, four civil defense workers were killed in regime attacks on Idlib de-escalation zone. The deceased include Enes Diyab, a White Helmets member and a freelance journalist for Anadolu Agency.

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In the past three months, the White Helmets managed to rescue at least 722 civilians, including 432 children.

Turkey and Russia agreed, last September, to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

The Syrian regime, however, has consistently broken the terms of the cease-fire, launching frequent attacks inside the de-escalation zone.

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in early 2011 when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected severity.

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