first published on October 21, 2015 by Will
Gruesome video clips are coming out of Idlib implicating the Russian Air Force in a deliberate bombing of the Sarmin field hospital in northwest Syria. The airstrike left at least 13 dead, including civilians and hospital staff.
The hospital workers that were targeted are part of the U.S.-funded Syria Civil Defense (SCD) team, also known as the “White Helmets,” whose job it is to recover and treat wounded civilians, soldiers, rebels, and jihadists from the Syrian battlefields.
Although it’s understandable that Russia would target Western-backed militants in their mission to support Assad, it would be completely unacceptable to deliberately bomb rescue workers, regardless of who is financing them. Collateral damage is as much a part of war as the bombs themselves. Innocent people die, and that is what makes war such a terrible thing, but that is the reality of it. However, it is when you purposefully target the innocent that differentiates the good from the bad. What happened in this instance remains to be seen, and could quite possibly be forever shrouded in the fog of war.
The following video shows the exact moment of the airstrike, in which you can see a motorcyclist completely vanish from existence. The video also shows the aftermath of the blast as White Helmets frantically try to evacuate their wounded and dead colleagues.