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Follow a Syrian man whose job is to document civilian deaths

"Whenever there is an airstrike on Aleppo city, we are the first people to arrive at the scene."

by VICE News
Nov 10 2016, 6:02am

This segment originally aired Nov. 1, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

“As part of the Civil Defense team, whenever there is an airstrike on Aleppo city, we are the first people to arrive at the scene,” Syrian Civil Defense’s Ibrahim Abu Alaith told VICE News. “During the last three days, we have documented more than 1,000 attacks.”

Death is everywhere in Aleppo, and it has created an urgent and gruesome task: identifying the civilians who have lost their lives, and extracting them from the city’s rubble. Syria’s Civil Defense volunteers, also known as the White Helmets, have made this job their duty.

“Since the start of the revolution in 2011, the total number of deaths in Syria is estimated to be more than 600,000,” Alaith said. “In the last 10 days we documented 450 deaths and more than 2,000 wounded.”

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