Aleppo Activists Protest in Support of White Helmets

After reports saying Russia asked the White Helmets to leave Syria, particularly Idlib, several protests took place between October 14 and 16 supporting the volunteer emergency services and rescue group.Russia referred to the organization as “terrorists,” according to the Lebanese newspaper al-Modon. In an interview with al-Modon, the head of the White Helmets, Raed Al Saleh said his organization had rescued over 115,000 civilians.In September, Russian state-sponsored media reported that the White Helmets participated in a “meeting of terrorists” in Idlib. A deal between Russia and Turkey called for heavy arms and militant groups to depart a buffer zone in the West of Syria by October 15.This footage shows a protest in support of the White Helmets held in West Aleppo. The speakers in the video say that Russian labelling of the White Helmets as a terrorist organization is wrong, and that the organization has saved many civilians. Credit: Thiqa Agency via Storyful

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