August 12, 2017
A horrible crime took place at dawn today in the town of Sarmin east of Idlib city. The crime, which set a dangerous precedent, targeted members of the civil defense as they were on their night shift in the center of civil defense in the town.
The crime claimed the lives of seven civil defense workers who joined this noble humanitarian work and risked their lives to help civilians in need. A group of unknown gunmen stormed the center and carried out this heinous crime. They also looted all equipment inside.
The Syrian Coalition strongly condemns this heinous crime as it is directly following up on the situation. The Coalition will do everything possible to reveal details of the crime and expose its perpetrators who will eventually face justice and receive the punishment they deserve along with everyone whose hands are stained with the blood of innocent civilians.
Glory to the heroes of the Syrian civil defense.
May the wounded recover and the detainees be free.