A video of a five-year-old Syrian boy lifted out of the rubble left by an airstrike in the rebel-held al Qaterji neighborhood in eastern Aleppo has gone viral. The boy, Omran Daqneesh, is seen covered in dust and seemed unaware that his face was covered with blood while everything around him was in total chaos.
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, multiple airstrikes targeted the neighborhood on Wednesday, leaving three people dead and 12 others injured. Daqneesh was shocked by the incidence and it took him a few seconds before realizing that the left side of his face was dripping with blood.
The video uploaded on YouTube by the Aleppo Media Group, an activist organization, then shows Daqneesh being placed into the ambulance’s orange chair before being rushed to the hospital. Two more children are seen in the ambulance afterward.
The five-year-old was admitted to the M10 hospital, which was also affected by the airstrikes. Healthcare professionals treated his head injury and released him later that day.
According to reports, the eastern part of Aleppo, Syria has been occupied by rebel groups since 2012. In recent weeks, Aleppo was seen fighting between the rebel groups, the Syrian government and the Russian forces.
“We can get numb seeing dead and injured children remotely day after day,” points out journalist Anne Barnard on Facebook, the Independent reports. “But some pictures particularly get to the mom in me and this is one. The orange chair. The expression. I want to give him a hug”.
Apparently, more than 290,000 people have been killed since Syria’s conflict started in March 2011. It started out as simply anti-government protests and soon worsened to war.
Russian or Syrian government airstrikes also killed 17 people in the rebel-held city of Idlib on Wednesday. The authorities report that 30 people were also injured in the attack.