Members of the Syria Civil Defense (SCD) narrowly missed being hit by what is being referred to as a Syrian military “double tap” air strike.
The incredible footage shows members of the SCD driving down a road in what is believed to be eastern Ghouta, a suburb southeast of the Syrian capital of Damascus.
— Putintintin (@putintintin1) March 30, 2016
The air strike targets the minaret of a mosque in the middle of the dilapidated city. In a matter of seconds, the structure topples to the ground, creating a massive plume of smoke. The SCD members were so close to the blast it cracked the windshield of their vehicle.
According to the group’s website, the SCD is a “neutral, impartial and humanitarian” charitable organization which seeks to save “lives and strengthens civilian communities” in Syria. The 2,900 volunteer force claims to have saved the lives of over 50,000 through their search and rescue operations. The group is easily recognized due to the white helmets they wear while engaging in their work.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) March 24, 2016
The strike is not the first time eastern Ghouta has been the target of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military forces. Rockets carrying deadly Sarin gas launched by Assad Aug. 21, 2013, killed as many as 1,729 people.
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