White Helmets Report 'double-Tap' Attack on Ambulance in Eastern Ghouta

Members of the Syrian Civil Defense rescue group, also known as the White Helmets, claimed on December 20 that one of their vehicles was hit by a “double-tap” airstrike in the opposition-held area of Misraba, Eastern Ghouta, early that day.

A “double-tap” refers to a strike on a target, followed by a hit on the same target again when people rush towards the scene.

The White Helmets said it had responded to air raids that included the use of cluster munitions when its vehicle was hit. It tweeted a photo of a rescue volunteer it said had been injured in the strike, and photos on Facebook that show a badly damaged vehicle bearing the logo of the Syrian Civil Defense. The pro-opposition Qasioun News Agency shared the video above on December 20 showing the same damaged vehicle.

A local pro-opposition media group in Misraba also reported that a White Helmets vehicle had been hit during an air raid, while that media group’s sister organization in the neighboring area of Douma echoed the report. Neither these claims, nor the source of the strikes, can be independently verified by Storyful. Credit: YouTube/Qasioun News Agency via Storyful

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