Damascus: Seven paramedics from the White Helmets rescue organisation in Syria have been shot dead during a raid by unknown gunmen in the province of Idlib.
The massacre has sparked a manhunt and speculation as to who carried out the killings at the volunteer group's base in the rebel-controlled village of Sarmin. The victims' bodies were left sprawled across the floor of their operations centre after being shot through the head at close range.
They were buried by their colleagues later that day.
"The heart is saddened, there are tears in our eyes for your departure," said the White Helmets' founder, Raed al-Saleh.
"May God strengthen us and make us patient for facing this tragedy."