Smoke billows following reported shelling on Syria’s Hama

Smoke billows following reported artillery shellings and machine gun attacks on northwestern Hama in Syria, which caused the destruction of a Syrian Civil Defence Centre in Kafr Nabuda, according to the White Helmets.

My smartphone and me: story of a rescuer in rebel-held Syria

This year the number of smartphone users across the globe is expected to top 3 billion, little more than a decade after Apple’s gamechanging iPhone first went on sale and transformed the way people interact with their phones. In war-torn Syria, a member of the White Helmets uses his smartphone to document the work of this network of first responders who rescue wounded in the aftermath of air strikes, shelling or blasts in rebel-held territory, but also to let his family know he’s okay every time he risks his life.

Syria: White Helmets clear rubble after reported regime bombing

Members of the Syrian Civil Defence (known as the White Helmets) clear rubble following reported government bombings on the town of al-Hobait on the southern edges of the rebel-held Idlib province. According to the UN, violence in Syria’s northwest has displaced more than 30,000 people this month alone, warning that a looming assault could create the century’s “worst humanitarian catastrophe.” In recent weeks, regime troops have massed around the northwestern region held by jihadists of Al-Qaeda’s former Syrian affiliate as well as rival rebels.