At least eight Syrian civil defence workers were killed when an air strike hit their office in the town of Kafr Zeita in the northern Hama province, the rescue service said on Saturday.
Known as the White Helmets, the rescue service operates in the opposition-held parts of Syria.
Work continues today recovering the bodies of the fallen volunteers in Kafr Zeita. 8 killed in yesterday's tragedy.
— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) April 30, 2017
"Rescue workers are buried under the debris of their centre. Those who have been helping the wounded are now now killed," said Hadi Abdullah, a Syrian activist.
While we were coming here to document this bombing a Russian jet targeted us with cluster bombs. One of the civilians was wounded, no one was there to rescue him so we had to do it ourselves — Hadi Abdullah, activist
Deliberate targeting of medical and civil defence by Russia. Not only devoid of humanity but setting new 'norm'. Where will it end? pic.twitter.com/i6A1pWUCXu
— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) April 29, 2017
The air strike was one of the worst against the White Helmets. With Bashar al Assad's regime trying to push the opposition rebels out of Hama, the bombings have intensified.
TRT World's Nafisa Latic has more details.