The civil defense corps in the district of Daraya west of Damascus said that one of its rescue workers was killed by regime forces on Thursday. Manar Abu Mohammed was killed by regime snipers positioned on rooftops surrounding the district while he was helping victims of regime barrel bomb attacks.
Abu Mohammed is the second rescue worker killed by regime forces in August. The first one was Khalid Houh, killed in airstrikes by regime forces on a civil defense center in Aleppo on August 11.
The Civil Defense Corps operating in liberated areas across northern Syria has been nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize after rescuing thousands of victims of the bombardment by the Assad regime and Russian forces in rebel-held areas.
Internationally banned weapons; including napalm, phosphorus and cluster bombs have been used in the ongoing military campaign by the Assad regime and its allies on Daraya. The only remaining hospital in the rebel-held district went out of service after it was hit by three missiles fired by regime fighter jets earlier this week.
In a statement released on Monday, the local council in Daraya appealed to the international community to take urgent action in order to stop all indiscriminate bombardment by regime forces on the district. The council also called for immediate delivery of medical and relief aid to civilians trapped in the district which has been under siege by regime forces for over three and a half years.
The statement called on the UN to dispatch a special commission of inquiry to investigate the use of napalm by regime forces in the district. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies)