Friday 30 September 2016

Young face of Syrian conflict: Photo of boy injured in air strikes goes viral

Published 18/08/2016 | 09:03

Omran Daqneesh (5)
Omran Daqneesh (5)

A HEARTBREAKING photo of a young boy injured by airstrikes in Syria has highlighted the conditions facing civilians as the country's civil war continues.

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Omran Daqneesh (5) was pictured sitting in a hospital waiting room covered in debris by the Aleppo Media Center.

The little Syrian boy was one of five children injured by a strike in the Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo - it is not known whether the strike was carried out by Russia or Assad-forces.

Rescuers earlier pulled him from the rubble of a house - he does not cry but just raises a small hand to his injuries.

He was taken to the nearby M10 hospital, which has itself already been struck multiple times by airstrikes.

Physicians there treated his head injury and cleaned off the dust that caked his hair, eyes, and clothes.

He was released later that night.

Doctors at M10 said that around 12 other children all under the age of 15 were treated on Wednesday. 

The photo has gone viral, tweeted thousands of times.

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