Syria: Volunteers make coffins as deaths sore in besieged Deir ez-Zor

A group of volunteers with the Syrian Red Crescent, including children, resorted to using screws, saws, hammers and their hands to craft coffins in the besieged city of Deir Ez-zor as the mosques ran out of means to transport the dead, footage filmed Monday shows. «During the times we spent in mosques, we noticed there weren't any more coffins for the martyrs any longer,» said one volunteer as... Еще he hammered the nails in the wood, adding that the Red Crescent provides the wood needed to create the coffins. Amid a lack of electricity, the volunteers use basic tools and materials. «Because of this, I need three days to finish a coffin,» the volunteer noted. «Through my work, even children are working we me. They are learning from life. Learning humanitarian work, that being besieged will not stop life,» he continued. Deir ez-Zor has been under siege by self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIL/ISIS) since the group launched an offensive on the city in May 2015. Some 125,000 civilians reportedly live in the city under dire humanitarian conditions.
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