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Aleppo Wounded Boy's Image Becomes Poster for Syria Terror

Image: Aleppo Wounded Boy's Image Becomes Poster for Syria Terror

Omran Daqneesh, 5, rescued after an airstrike. (Screengrab from YouTube video posted to Internet)

By    |   Friday, 19 Aug 2016 06:25 AM

An Aleppo wounded boy pictured after an airstrike has become an international reminder of the horrors of the civil war in Syria and the carnage involved in the fight for the rebel-held city.

A video of the 5-year-old child being rescued from a building and taken to an ambulance was posted Wednesday and has been viewed more than 349,000 times on YouTube.

Raz Sanchez, a Middle East correspondent for The Telegraph, posted stills from the video of the boy, identified as Omran Daqneesh. The still image of the child sitting in a chair has been retweeted nearly 15,000 times.

 

 

A second still image of the child after he received treatment has been retweeted more than 1,600 times.

 

 

"The startling image shows him covered head to toe with dust and so disoriented that he seems barely aware of an open wound on his forehead," wrote Elle Hunt of The Guardian. "He was taken to a hospital known as M10 and later discharged.

"The image is a still from a video filmed and circulated by the Alepp Media Centre. The anti-government activist group has been contacted to confirm details about when and where the footage was shot. The group posted the clip to YouTube late on Wednesday, shortly after Omran was injured."

The Associated Press said the airstrike happened in the rebel-occupied neighborhood of Qaterji.

"We were passing them from one balcony to the other," photojournalist Mahmoud Raslan told the AP, adding he had passed along three lifeless bodies before someone handed him the child.

Raslan said the airstrike happened during the sunset call to prayer on Wednesday evening. The rest of the boy's family was also rescued, including three siblings, ages 1, 6, and 11, and his mother and father, noted The AP.

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