Syria Civil Defense
  • In the chaos and fog of a brutal war that has claimed an estimated 400,000 to 500,000 lives, a ragtag group of former bakers, tailors, salespeople, teachers, pharmacists, painters, carpenters, students and others has emerged as real-life heroes, providing a glimmer of hope in Syria's brutal five-year-old civil war. The Syria Civil Defense group consists of about 3,000 White Helmets who have helped save some 60,000 people, often working in perilous conditions amid intense conflict. <br><br>Members of the Syria Civil Defense White Helmets are seen helping a man in this undated file photo.
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  • In this photo provided by the Syria Civil Defense White Helmets, men stand amid rubble after airstrikes in al-Mashhad neighborhood in the rebel-held part of eastern Aleppo, Sept. 21, 2016.
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  • A Syria Civil Defense member carries out a search-and-rescue operation in the wreckage of collapsed buildings after an airstrike believed to have been conducted by the Syrian army targeted the opposition-controlled Bab al-Nairab district in Aleppo, Syria, Aug. 27, 2016. Many people were reportedly killed or wounded in strike.
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  • Syria Civil Defense members are seen in a training exercise.
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  • A member of the Syria Civil Defense takes a child to safety.
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  • In this photo provided by the Syria Civil Defense White Helmets, rescue workers respond following an airstrike in the al-Sakhour neighborhood of a rebel-held part of eastern Aleppo, Syria, Sept. 21, 2016.
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  • Members of the Syria Civil Defense are seen here during a training exercise.
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  • A Syria Civil Defense member carries a child to safety in this undated photo.
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