21 White Helmets volunteers killed since the start of Assad’s offensive in rebel-held Idlib 

The Syrian Civil Defence volunteers rescuing the wounded in the province of Idlib - 27 January 2020 (The Syrian Civil Defence Facebook page)

The Syrian Civil Defence volunteers rescuing the wounded in the province of Idlib - 27 January 2020 (The Syrian Civil Defence Facebook page)


21 Members of the Syrian Civil Defence –known globally as the White Helmets, have been killed since April 2019. Thus, the number of victims among the Syrian Civil Defence volunteers has risen to 281, Mustafa Haj Youssef, the director of the White Helmets in Idlib, told Enab Baladi.

In a statement released on Tuesday, 28 January, the White Helmets in Idlib mourned the death of the volunteer “Othman al-Othman.

Al-Othman, who was rescuing and evacuating the trapped civilians, was killed in an airstrike carried out by the Syrian regime warplanes in the rebel-held village of Sarjeh in the southern countryside of Idlib on 27 January.

The White Helmets posted a video showing al-Othman’s burial procedures in his town in the Jabal al-Zawiya area and the participation of his colleagues at the funeral.

The correspondent of Enab Baladi in the province of Idlib reported on 27 January, that the Syrian regime forces established control over the rebel-held towns lying on the M5 international highway: al-Za’lanah, al-Dana, Babila, al-Sawamea, Tell al-Sheikh, Maasaran, and Roadko area, south of Khan al-Sabil.

The Syrian Response Coordinators Group (SRCG) documented the displacement of more than 10,000 families from the cities of Ariha, Saraqib and Khan al-Sabil during the last 48 hours following the regime’s rapid advancement.

The SRCG called on humanitarian organizations, bodies, actors to address the urgent humanitarian needs of those displaced in the area, demanding the authorities concerned with Syrian affairs to intervene directly to stop targeting civilians in Idlib province and its surrounding areas.

Moreover, the SRCG, in a previous statement made on 27 January, appealed to all local authorities, to secure housing shelters, open schools, and camps urgently for the newly displaced persons in northern Syria.

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