Search & Rescue
The hash tag associated with the image on the right is #Hands_Off_The_Heroes, and refers to the 'White Helmets' or Syrian Civil Defence (SCD) teams who are themselves targeted while attempting to save the lives of others. Made up of volunteer men and women these teams converge on sites where explosions have occurred to rescue those injured and trapped under the rubble before transporting them to the nearest healthcare facility for treatment. External advisors issue warnings to be cautious about approaching the area because the notorious 'double tap' technique signals the danger of a second missile following a few minutes later designed to slaughter those trying to help. Despite these warnings the whole community instinctively rushes to the devastation in the wake of a bomb blast, as the thought of women and children trapped under the rubble is stronger than the desire for self-preservation.
In the case of 3-year old 'Mahmoud,' his mother ran to the place where he was playing when the explosion happened. She saw he had severe injuries to both legs, gathered him up in her arms and ran with him to the nearby hospital. It was in fact the hospital that was the intended target of the bombing raid that destroyed her home in Idleb, but the missiles missed their target and at that moment she didn't give it a second thought.