BEIRUT: Several dozen Civil Defense personnel in rebel-held Aleppo held a sit-in Monday to publicize their demand for full compensation to be paid to the families of colleagues killed in the line of duty.
The employees, who gathered in the neighborhood of Shaar, said they refused to pick up their own salaries until the issue is settled by the transitional government affiliated with the opposition-in-exile National Coalition.
The Civil Defense personnel said three of their colleagues – Ammar Bakkour, Ihad Hourieh and Ahmad al-Khaled – were killed in March by a regime airstrike as they tried to rescue people trapped under the rubble following a barrel bomb strike in the neighborhood of Haidarieh.
They said that they have been forced to rely on “primitive” tools to clear rubble and find survivors after military operations in rebel-held areas, because the Civil Defense continues to lack suitable equipment.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 10, 2014, on page 8.