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Syria’s White Helmets: “We need a no-fly zone and humanitarian corridors”

Added 12/8/2016
European Parliament - 6. 12. 2016
Volunteers from the Syria Civil Defence - better known as the White Helmets - risk their lives on a daily basis by serving as the main rescue group operating in besieged eastern Aleppo. Addressing Parliament’s foreign affairs and development committees on 5 December, their chief liaison officer Abdulrahman Al-Mawwas decried the current situation in Aleppo and called for both a no-fly zone and humanitarian corridors to prevent a large-scale humanitarian disaster.
Welcoming the White Helmets representatives to the joint committee meeting on 5 December, UK ECR member Charles Tannock noted the “horrendous situation” the group is working in and how almost 150 volunteers have been killed in the Aleppo region alone. The meeting got underway just as Russia and China blocked a UN Security Council resolution demanding a seven-day truce in Aleppo.

Speaking in an interview at the Parliament in Brussels, Abdulrahman Al-Mawwas, chief liaison officer of the White Helmets, said: "All conditions are against us unfortunately: the number of airstrikes, a lack of support, aid and equipment, and the fear of being targeted while on duty. Yet our goal has been always to save the biggest number of lives in the shortest time."

Video interview available here