Haunting image of Syrian boy rescued from Aleppo rubble

From The Associated Press:

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists have released haunting footage showing a young boy rescued from the rubble in the aftermath of a devastating airstrike in Aleppo.

The image of the stunned and weary looking boy, sitting in an orange chair inside an ambulance covered in dust and with blood on his face, encapsulates the horrors inflicted on the war-ravaged northern city and is being widely shared on social media.

The fighting has frustrated the U.N.’s efforts to fulfill its humanitarian mandates, and the body’s special envoy to Syria cut short a meeting of the ad hoc committee – chaired by Russia and the U.S. – tasked with deescalating the violence so that relief can reach beleaguered civilians.

The U.N. envoy, Steffan de Mistura, said there was “no sense” in holding the meeting Thursday in light of the obstacles to delivering aid. The U.N. is hoping to secure a 48-hour pause in the fighting in Aleppo.

A doctor in Aleppo on Thursday identified the boy as 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh. Osama Abu al-Ezz confirmed he was brought to the hospital known as “M10” Wednesday night following an airstrike on the rebel-held neighborhood of Qaterji with head wounds, but no brain injury, and was later discharged.

Rescue workers and journalists arrived at Qaterji shortly after the strike and began pulling victims from the rubble.

“We were passing them from one balcony to the other,” said photojournalist Mahmoud Raslan, who took the iconic photo. He said he had passed along three lifeless bodies before receiving the wounded boy.

A doctor at M10 later reported eight dead, among them five children.

The strike occurred during the sunset call to prayer, around 7:20 p.m, said Raslan, a correspondent …

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