Syrian rescue volunteers killed in shooting

Syrian refugees and militants were evacuated from northeastern Lebanon

Seven civil defense volunteers were shot dead in north-eastern Syria on Saturday, according to a Syrian paramedic group.

The group, officially called Syria Civil Defence (SCD), was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize previous year for its work pulling civilian victims of bombing in Syria out of rubble.

The group and opposition activists also revealed that the attackers also stole two vans, helmets and walkie-talkies.

The White Helmets said in a statement: "The civil defence centre in Sarmin was the target of an armed attack by unknown assailants in which seven volunteers were killed".

It was not immediately clear whether the raid was carried out for political or criminal motives.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the seven volunteers had all been killed by bullets to the head.

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The civil defence, otherwise known as the "White Helmets", operates in rebel-held areas of Syria.

They have since gained global renown for their daring rescues, often filmed and circulated on social media, and were nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.

President Bashar al Assad's government, meanwhile, accuses the group of faking videos and being a tool of its global donors.

They receive funding from a number of Western governments, including Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States.

The attack occurred in the city of Sarmin in Idlib province, which last month came mostly under the control of Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, a coalition of Salafi jihadist groups that includes Fateh al-Sham.

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