Humanitarian aid group medic dies in shelling in northeast Syria

A Taiwanese medic and cameraman with the humanitarian aid group Free Burma Rangers (FBM), Zhao Sang, lost his life in northeast Syria, FBM founder David Eubank said on Monday.

“He was hit by a Free Syrian Army proxy mortar or drone strike, we are not really sure right now,” former U.S. Special Forces member Eubank said in a video he posted on Twitter.

Another FBM member, identified only as “Mihemed”, was also wounded in the incident, Iraq-based Kurdish news site Bas News reported

“We were subjected to bombing by gangs loyal to the Turkish state,” Mihemed was quoted by Bas News as saying. “They continued to attack us despite the Red Cross flag on our vehicle.”

Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack occurred in the Rashidiyyeh village in Tal Tamr.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Spokesman Mustafa Bali said fighting continues around Tal Tamr, Agence France-Presse reported

Turkey’s Ministry of Defence denied Turkish troops’ involvement and said the reports are not true.

Turkey on Oct. 9 launched a military offensive in northeast Syria remove U.S.-allied Kurdish forces from the region, which it considers to be terrorist organisations with ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and create a safe zone along its border within Syria. 

The operation has ended following an agreement with Russia, but occasional clashes continue.