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Free Burma Rangers activist and medic killed by Turkish drone strike in Syria

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Seng was an assistant medic, and was acting as the Free Burma Rangers’ cameraman “to record these attacks from Turkey and from [pro-Turkish militia] the FSA [the Free Syrian Army]”, Eubank said in an audio message from Tel Tamr hospital, where his colleague died.

He had a wife, Lunu, and baby whose first birthday came on the day he died, Eubank said. Another Free Burma Rangers operative, Mohammed, was wounded in the same attack.

“Zau was standing for freedom and showing the world what was really happening,” Eubank said.

The attack happened about 4 kilometres north of Tel Tamr. A statement on the Free Burma Rangers website said, “The fighting continues and so we will continue providing medical care and telling the truth about what is happening here.”

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Kurdish media source Rojava Information Centre said the Turkish forces had attacked health workers “throughout its invasion”. Trauma points and ambulances run by a group called the Kurdish Red Crescent had been struck several times, the information centre said, particularly in early October as the city of Ras al-Ain was being over-run by Turkish-backed proxy forces.

Eubank told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald two weeks ago that the United States’ withdrawal from northern Syria had created the conditions for Turkey to invade and create political and humanitarian crisis.

“All we can do now is stand with the people, meet their humanitarian needs, but we need more than that: we need political and economic might to stop this onslaught and the United States has plenty of power to do it,” Eubank said.

Dave Eubank, founder of the Free Burma Rangers, stands on top of a building used as a trauma staging area.

Dave Eubank, founder of the Free Burma Rangers, stands on top of a building used as a trauma staging area.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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