Activists and rebels in the besieged city say mass executions have begun and children are burned alive as Assad’s Iranian- and Russian-backed forces move in.
By Michael Weiss, Roy Gutman, Alex Rowell, 12.13.16
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated throughout.
Troops loyal to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and foreign militias under Iranian command swept into eastern Aleppo on Monday, recapturing nearly all of the city’s opposition-held areas and seizing the citadel of the Syrian revolution.
The triumphal takeover followed a day of intense bombing of houses and apartment buildings, destroying so many that it was impossible to determine the death toll. The neighborhoods of Bustan al-Qasr, al-Kallasa, al-Farod and al-Salhin in the Old City, as well as Sheikh Saed, in the southern district, are all now under regime control.
The United Nation’s top human rights official on Tuesday charged the U.S. and other countries with collectively wringing their hands in the face of the “wanton slaughter of men, women and children” in Aleppo and pleaded for the world to take measures to protect those fleeing the Russian and Syrian regime onslaught.
The U.N. had received credible reports of scores of civilians being killed either by intense bombardment or summary executions by pro-government forces. Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement.
“Dozens of bodies reportedly litter the streets of a number of east Aleppo neighborhoods, with residents unable to retrieve them due to the intense bombardment and fear of being shot,” Hussein said. He added that the U.N. had reports that at least 82 civilians, including 11 women and 13 children in four neighborhoods – Bustan al-Qasr, al-Ferdous and al-Kallaseh and al-Saleheen.
Decrying “the crushing of Aleppo, the immeasurably terrifying toll on its people, the bloodshed, the wanton slaughter of men, women and children, the destruction,” the Jordanian-born U.N. official warned, “We are nowhere near the end of this cruel conflict.”
“What can happen next, if the international community continues to collectively wring its hands can be much more dangerous.” Hussein said the slaughter in Aleppo could repeat itself in Douma, Raqqa and Idlib, referring to other opposition-held areas in the war-ravaged country.
“We cannot let this continue.”
The White Helmets, a volunteer rescue group, described Aleppo as being “like hell.” The streets and destroyed buildings “are full of dead bodies,” said a tweet by one of its volunteers. The rescue service was reported to be totally paralyzed by the assault.
The head of the group’s Aleppo branch, Ammar al-Salmo, said on Al Jazeera television that many old men died of the cold weather in eastern Aleppo.
More than 100 unaccompanied children were reported to be trapped in a building under heavy bombardment in eastern Aleppo, according to UNICEF, the U.N. agency responsible for child welfare said, quoting an unnamed doctor in the city, Reuters reported.
The head of the Aleppo local coordinating committee told regime forces had captured the remaining food supplies in eastern Aleppo and there are no functioning bakeries and no bread, the Turkish Anadolu news agency reported.
Syrian army spokesman Brig. Gen. Samir Suleiman countered that the U.N. was lying.
“These are false claims. The Arab Syrian army can never do this and we have never done it in our army’s history.” Yesterday, the official Syrian news agency SANA instead lay blame for atrocities in Aleppo on the rebels, alleging that eight people were killed and 47 were injured in regime-held areas after the opposition bombed them. Most of the victims were women and children, according to the agency.
Abdullah Othman, the head of the Consultative Council in the Levant Front, one of the largest rebel groups in Aleppo, said this morning that the opposition was still in possession of six neighborhoods, including Salaheddine, once the sight of some of the fiercest urban combat the Syrian civil war had witnessed.
“Last night we were able to reinforce our new defense lines and to build some blast walls on the new borders,” Othman told The Daily Beast today, speaking from the border town of Azaz. “Today the regime forces tried to sweep through our new defense lines but they haven’t been able to do so yet. But the problem is the barbaric, unprecedented bombardment and shelling that you can’t even imagine.”
Civilians were apparently crammed into whatever buildings still remain in the tiny quarters yet to be recaptured by the Assadists, but many were left outside in the streets, owing to lack of space. It is here, in broad daylight, Othman said, that men, women and children were being cooked alive by barrel bombs dropped right where they stood.
And those who survive the air raids could not be helped. “Women and children — their screams can be heard underneath the rubble. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to get them out. Everyone is panicking. There is great fear. Everyone can only think of himself, not about others.”
Yesterday, some residents who couldn’t take the bombardment anymore fled toward regime controlled areas, according to Othman.
“Seventy-nine of them were executed at the barricades. The rest — everyone under 40 — were taken to warehouses that look more like internment camps. They face an unknown fate,” he said.
“This morning 20 women committed suicide in order not to be raped.”
The last hope of the besieged rebels, most of whom seem to have withdrawn in the face of certain defeat, had been to receive reinforcements or resupplies from their counterparts in the southern and western suburbs. That option has now been foreclosed upon as these routes are completely interdicted by the regime.
Enab Baladi, a Syrian opposition news channel, said regime artillery attacked the six neighborhoods remaining in rebel hands with 40 shells and its ground forces – mostly Shiite militias under Iranian command – are attacking from four directions.
Activists and residents of the ever-dwindling opposition pocket, an urban islet of about five square kilometers and home to as many as 100,000 people, spent the last 24 hours signing off from social media, asking journalists to tell their story, and warning of their impending demise.
The Daily Beast was able to get in touch with Abdulkafi Al-Hamdo, a university teacher in the besieged city, on Monday evening. The brief conversation was as follows:
TDB: “I hope you’re safe.”
AA: “I don’t think I will be tomorrow.”
TDB: “Do you expect all the remaining besieged neighborhoods will fall by tomorrow?”
AA: “No. Except over the body of every civilian. I won’t surrender my body, and my wife, and my daughter to the Assad regime without defending them… I hope that you’ll tell everyone what I’m saying.”
On a publicly visible WhatsApp feed belonging to the Aleppo Siege Media Center, al-Hamdo was more fatalistic. “Doomsday is held in Aleppo,” he said. “People are running don’t know where. People are under the rubble alive and no one can save them. Some people are injured in the streets and no one can go to help them [because] the bombs are [falling on] the same place.”
Award-winning blogger and activist Marcell Shehwaro, a native of Aleppo, shared on Facebook a message from one of her most “peaceful” and least-sectarian friends. “No Marcell, don’t worry,” it read. “I will kill myself, I won’t let them arrest me.”
Lina al-Shamy, a 26-year-old woman speaking in fluent English, posted a video of herself to Twitter.
“To everyone who can hear me. We are here exposed to a genocide in the besieged city of Aleppo. This may be my last video. More than 50,000 civilians who rebelled against the dictator, al-Assad, are threatened with field executions or dying under bombing. According to activists, more than 180 people have been field executed in the areas the regime has recently retook control of by Assad’s gangs and the militias that support them. The civilians are stuck in a very small area that doesn’t exceed two square kilometers. With no safe zones, no life, every bomb is a new massacre. Save Aleppo, save humanity.”
Jouad al-Khateb had a similar message—one hesitates to call it valedictory— for the world. In Arabic, he told the camera: “Behind me is the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood. Since last night up to the present moment, it is being bombed with every kind of weapon; vacuum rockets, missiles. The rockets have not stopped since last night. The people coming out of Bustan al-Qasr are telling me it’s become a city of ghosts. More than 20 families remain under the rubble across various districts.” The White Helmets were unable to reach any of the victims, al-Khateb added.
“My message to those watching: Just stop the waterfall of blood for us. We don’t want to leave the besieged areas. Just stop the waterfall of blood. It’s as if this has become very normal for the international community, you know, a rocket falls, 20 or 30 people are killed, under the rubble, they can’t pull them out—that’s a totally normal thing. In any case, there’s no space for graves to bury them in. Let them be buried under the buildings. I think this will be my last video, because we’ve gotten bored of talking, bored of speeches.”
Al-Khateb was interrupted by a loud groaning sound.
“That’s a barrel bomb,” he said, referring to one of the regime’s most notorious improvised munitions, a metal canister filled with high explosives and shrapnel, which are dropped indiscriminately from helicopters.
Another trapped resident, Ameen al-Halabi, boasted on Facebook, “I’m waiting for death or imprisonment by the Assad forces. I would rather die on the soil of my land than be arrested by their faithless militias.” Al-Halabi asked his friends to forgive him if this was the last message he wrote.
On several rebel chat forums on the popular messaging application Telegram, there were calls for the youth of Syria to wage “jihad” against the conquerors of Aleppo, if only to defend the honor of women who had allegedly been raped in the course of the Assadist blitzkrieg.
Whether or not that particular war crime has yet occurred in Aleppo—though human-rights monitors have documented mass rape in Syrian regime prisons since the start of the conflict—the call for holy war against the regime may yet take hold. For this reason, the CIA and Joints Chiefs of Staff earlier advised the Obama administration that the fall of eastern Aleppo, apart from being a humanitarian catastrophe, would also constitute a counterterrorism threat to the United States. The radicalization of survivors is all but a foregone conclusion.
Those already radicalized have had a remarkably auspicious week. While the regime was focused on reclaiming Aleppo, ISIS, or the self-proclaimed Islamic State, was able to completely retake another ancient Syrian city, Palmyra, which it had lost, to much international fanfare, last March.
Despite the gravity of the day’s events, and the many breaches of international law that led to the collapse of the rebel-held area, U.S. political leaders were slow to comment. President Obama has watched in silence as Russia and the Assad regime have committed what Secretary of State John Kerry called crimes against humanity, and Donald Trump has not once publicly mentioned the word “Aleppo” on his favorite social-media platform, Twitter, since being elected president of the United States a month ago. Kerry even meekly invited the Kremlin over the weekend to show “a little grace” in how it recaptured eastern Aleppo.
Meanwhile, the leading Syrian political opposition group charged Russia and the Syrian air force with the deaths of at least 150 civilians in what it described as a sarin gas attack on several villages in rural eastern Hama province Monday, and a further 15 in a missile filled with the nerve agent on the city of Raqqa on Monday.
Demanding an international investigation, the Syrian Coalition denounced what it called the “shameful international inaction, which has paved the way for the level of blatant criminality by the Assad regime and its allies.”
The gas attack, if confirmed, may have been intended to stop ISIS from linking up their forces in the Homs desert to those in the Hama desert area.
“The Holy Quran teaches that whoever kills an innocent is as—it is as if he has killed all mankind. And the Holy Quran also says whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind.”
So did Obama tell a receptive audience in Cairo, in 2009, in a much-scrutinized maiden speech of his administration. (The second line in this sacred allusion, as it happens, is also the mantra of the now-helpless White Helmets.)
In a letter addressed to U.S. Congress, a copy of which was obtained exclusively by The Daily Beast, the Levant Front’s al-Othman beseeches legislators to “make one last effort to protect the civilians of Aleppo — to achieve where we have failed — by calling upon…Obama, to take strong and immediate measures for the people of Aleppo before the Assad murderers overtake us.”
But it’s likely too late. And so the president who came to office promising to repair the breach between the United States and the Islamic world, putatively caused by the war on terror and the invasion and occupation of Iraq, is now set to leave office having done little to stop to the slaughter or displacement of millions in Syria or the wholesale destruction of one of Islam’s most venerated cities.
—With additional reporting by Musab Al-Hamadee
Assad, Russia, Iran war on doctors and target hospitals
Supporters demand an end to the bombing of hospitals in Syria at a die-in to defend Syrian health professionals hosted by Physicians for Human Rights and the Syrian American Medical Society in New York City 29 Oct 2015.
** Solidarity for the medical staffs who lost their lives trying to save lives.
** To honor the heroic efforts and to mourn the loss of our Syrian colleagues.
** We stand to insist international community to recognize targeted attacks on health care professionals as a despicable crime.
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has mercilessly dropped barrel bombs full of TNT, shrapnel on civilian heavily-populated areas of syria … Children little bodies were blown into pieces…innocent civilians were buried alive in their own home…
A barrel bomb is a type of improvised explosive device used by the Syrian Air Force during the Syrian civil war. They are typically made from a barrel that has been filled with High Explosives, with possibly shrapnel and/or oil, and then dropped from a helicopter. Due to the large amount of explosives that can be packed into a barrel the resulting detonation can be devastating. The Syrian regime often drops the bombs on urban areas leading to high civilian death tolls. There have been thousands of instances of the use of barrel bombs during the Syrian civil war, as reported by the news and activists, including:
In August 2012, report of a barrel bomb being dropped on the Hamidiya neighborhood of Homs.
In August 2012, report of barrel bombs being dropped on Al-Qusayr.
In September 2012, a large number of people were killed and wounded when a barrel bomb was dropped on a residential district in Aleppo.
In late August 2013, barrel bombs were dropped on at least two areas of the city, including over a public park in Bab al-Nairab.
On 8 October 2013, a barrel bomb was dropped on the village of Bizabur, Idlib, just south of Ariha.
On 30 November 2013, a barrel bomb killed at least 26 people in Al Bab, Aleppo.
On 1 December 2013, a barrel bomb killed at least 20 people in Al-Bab, Aleppo.
From 15–24 December 2013, barrel bombs killed more than 300 people (and as many as more than 650 according to the Syrian National Council) in several districts of Aleppo.
On 26 December 2013, a barrel bomb killed at least 15 people in Azaz.
On 29 December 2013, a barrel bomb killed at least 25 people in Aleppo.
On 7 January 2014, barrel bombs killed an unspecified number of civilians in the Damascus suburb or Douma.
On 12 January 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 15 people in Al-Bab, Aleppo.
On 14 January 2014, barrel bombs killed an unspecified number of people in Darayya, Arbin and Zabadani, all in the province of Rural Damascus.
On 14 January 2014, a barrel bomb was dropped on the village of Inkhil in Deraa province.
On 18 January 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 60 people in Aleppo.
On 22 January 2014, barrel bombs were dropped in the central Hama province.
On 24 January 2014, barrel bombs were dropped on Darayya.
On 25 January 2014, barrel bombs killed 10 people when dropped on Aleppo’s outlying industrial city and the Sheikh Najjar districts.
On 28 January 2014, a barrel bomb killed 22 people in Aleppo.
On 29 January 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 62 people in the Maadi and Salhin districts of south Aleppo.
On 30 January 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 11 people in Darayya.
From 1–5 February 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 246 people in Aleppo.
On 8 February 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 20 people in Aleppo, and an unspecified number of people in Darayya.
On 9 February 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 11 people in Aleppo.
On 11 February 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 10 people in Aleppo.
On 12 February 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 38 people in Aleppo, while 31 people were killed in Daraa – mostly by barrel bombs.
On 16 February 2014, barrel bombs were dropped on Aleppo, Darayya, Khan al-Shih and several locations in rural Idlib.
On 17 February 2014, a barrel bomb was dropped on Masaken Hanano, Aleppo.
On 18 February 2014, barrel bombs were dropped in several parts of Syria, while a barrel bomb killed at least 18 people when dropped on the Palestinian refugee camp in Deraa.
On 23 February 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 12 people in Aleppo.
On 4 March 2014, barrel bombs were dropped on Yabrud.
On 5 March 2014, barrel bombs killed a number of people in Aleppo, Yabrud and Daraya.
On 6 March 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 13 people after being dropped on Aleppo and Yabrud.
On 7 March 2014, barrel bombs killed a number of people in Yabrud.
On 8 March 2014, barrel bombs destroyed many buildings including a mosque in Aleppo.
On 9 March 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 8 people, including a Canadian freelance photographer, after being dropped on Aleppo.
On 15 March 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 6 people after being dropped on Ras al-Maara and Yabrud.
On 22 March 2014, barrel bombs were dropped on Naima, Daraa Governorate.
On 24 March 2014, barrel bombs were dropped on Kesab and the Jebel Turkman.
On 26 March 2014, barrel bombs killed 20 people and wounded 40 others in the Anadan region of Aleppo.
On 27 March 2014, barrel bombs were dropped on Observatory 45, as well as Flitah, near the Lebanon border, where it killed 8 rebels.
On 31 March 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 31 people after being dropped on the Aleppo town of Maaret al-Artiq.
On 2 April 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 15 people after being dropped across the province of Aleppo and Deraa.
On 4 April 2014, barrel bombs killed about 50 people after being dropped on the Dalati Mosque and Dar al-Shifa Hospital of the Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo during peak times.
On 6 April 2014, barrel bombs caused much destruction in the Andana district of Aleppo.
On 10 April 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 88 people in the northern neighborhood of Aleppo.
On 11 April 2014, a barrel bomb, allegedly containing chemicals, was dropped on Kafr Zita.
On 12 April 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 11 people in the Anadan and Hrytan region of Aleppo.
On 20 April 2014, barrel bombs killed 59 people in Aleppo Province.
On 22 April 2014, 38 barrel bombs were dropped on rebel-controlled east Aleppo neighborhoods.
On 24 April 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 24 people when dropped on a vegetable market in Atareb, Aleppo.
On 26 April 2014, a barrel bomb killed at least 6 people in the town of Sarmeen, Idlib, and at least 10 people in Lataminah, Hama.
On 30 April 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 25 children, after being dropped on an elementary school in Aleppo.
On 1 May 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 40 people in a busy market in Aleppo and a barrel bomb killed 1 Syrian refugee and wounded four others in the remote border village of Tfail in east Lebanon.
On 10 May 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 46 people in eastern areas of Aleppo city.
On 11 May 2014, opposition forces accused the regime of contaminating a water supply in Aleppo after a barrel bomb struck a pumping station, one of two in the city.
On 21 May, barrel bombs destroyed many houses and claimed many lives in the town of Maaret al-Artik, Aleppo.
On 22 May, the Army had finally broken the siege of Aleppo prison after more than 100 barrel bombs were dropped during the final push to reach the prison.
On 27 May 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 43 people in Aleppo.
On 29 May 2014, barrel bombs claimed many lives in Darat Izza, Aleppo province.
On 30 May 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 20 people in Aleppo’s Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood.
On 2 June 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 22 people in Aleppo.
On 3 June 2014, barrel bombs injured dozens of people and damaged the Mosque of the Blacksmiths in Aleppo.
On 4 June 2014, barrel bombs targeted Aleppo, the town of Khan al-Shih, south of Damascus, several areas of Idlib province, and Morek, in Hama province.
On 5 June 2014, a mosque was hit by a barrel bomb at Qadi Askar district in Aleppo.
On 8 June 2014, a barrel bomb killed at least 7 people in the neighborhood of Tariq al-Bab, Aleppo.
On 14 June 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 8 people in Mayadeen, Aleppo, 13 people in Anadan, Aleppo province, and destroyed a mosque in Aleppo.
On 16 June 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 37 people in the Sukkari and Ashrafieh neighborhoods of Aleppo, and at least 3 people in a number of rural areas of Deraa province.
On 18 June 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 20 and injured at least 80 people, many seriously, in the refugee camp in the village of Shajra, 2 km (1 mile) from the Jordanian border.
On 21 June 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 11 people near the Ghouta district of Damascus.
On 22 June 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 9 people in the neighborhoods of Halak and Bab al-Nasr in Aleppo.
On 26 June 2014, barrel bombs killed as many as 49 people in areas in Aleppo and Hama province.
On 6 July 2014, barrel bombs killed 8 members of a single family in Da’el, Deraa province.
On 11 July 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 20 people in Aleppo.
On 16 and 17 July 2014, barrel bombs were dropped on the central town of Morek.
On 21 July 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 10 people in Al-Ansari neighborhood of Aleppo.
On 28 July 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 9 people in the Shaar district of Aleppo.
On 3 August 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 23 people in the Jabal al Akrad, Jisr al-Shughur and Najia districts of Idlib.
On 9 August 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 30 people and destroyed a mosque in the Maadi neighborhood of Aleppo.
On 10 August 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 24 people in Hama and Ar-Raqqah.
On 11 August 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 25 people in several districts of Aleppo and cut off water and electricity supplies.
On 13 August 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 17 people in the Bab al-Nairab district and al-Shaar area of Aleppo.
On 14 August 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 6 people in the Maadi neighborhood of Aleppo.
On 15 August 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 10 people in Aleppo and 14 people in Rastan.
On 22 August 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 20 people in Aleppo.
On 24 August 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 5 children in three villages in Daraa province.
On 30 August 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 5 people from the same family in the Hamra district of Aleppo.
On 31 August 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 42 children across Syria.
On 5 September 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 15 people in the Haidariyeh district of Aleppo.
On 8 September 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 7 people in the town of Tebet al-Imam near Hama.
On 15 September 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 15 people in Talbiseh.
On 18 September 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 15 people in Al-Bab.
On 20 September 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 8 people in the Arad Hamra, Al Haidarieh and Masakn Hanano districts of Aleppo.
On 26 September 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 5 people in al-Rastan and 9 people east of Aleppo.
On 1 October 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 23 people in Aleppo.
On 10 October 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 19 people in Daraa.
On 12 October 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 12 people in Binnish.
On 19 October 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 7 members of one family in the village of Sousan in northern Aleppo.
On 23 October 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 10 people in Daraa, and 15 people in the village of Tal Qarrah in the north of Aleppo.
On 26 October 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 12 civilians from the same family in the town of Busra al-Sham in Daraa province.
On 29 October 2014, barrel bombs killed as many as 75 civilians when dropped on the Abedin displaced persons camp in Idlib.
On 31 October 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 4 people in Rastan district in Homs.
On 6 November 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 12 people in the Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo.
On 9 November 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 21 people in Al-Bab.
On 13 November 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 20 people in a primary school in Ras al-Ayn, al-Hasakah Governorate.
On 17 November 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 14 people near a bakery and a restaurant in Al-Bab.
On 18 November 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 14 people in Qabr al-Inglizi, near the villages of Huraytan and Kafr Hamrah.
On 28 November 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 20 people in Daraa Governorate.
On 30 November 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 12 people in Jasim, Daraa Governorate.
Notably, on 28 November 2014, a huge explosion occurred at the Syrian military airbase outside Hama. This was attributed to the complete destruction of the entire barrel-bomb making building on the airfield.
On 23 December 2014, barrel bombs killed at least 7 people in Safuhin, Maarrat al-Nu’man District, Idlib Governorate.
From 21-26 December 2014, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Syrian regime dropped 193 barrel bombs across Syria.
On 25 December 2014, barrel bombs killed about 40 people in al-Bab and Qabaseen, near Aleppo.
Amazing miracle: Syrian toddler pulled alive from rubble after Aleppo bombing.
A toddler completely buried under rubble in Syria has been pulled out alive by rescuers who dug with their bare hands. After apparently hearing cries while scouting for survivors, the group of men are seen desperately clawing masonry and dust away with their hands.
A toddler completely buried under rubble in Syria has been pulled out alive by rescuers who dug with their bare hands.
This video, posted on YouTube by Syrian activists, appears to show a recovery team frantically digging to rescue the trapped youngster in Aleppo, reportedly after government bombings
After apparently hearing cries while scouting for survivors, the group of men are seen desperately clawing masonry and dust away with their hands.
At first, the child cannot be seen but an arm and a head appears, then an orange jumper caked in dirt.
When rescuers realized the child is alive, the furious digging speeds up and one man uses a pickaxe to carefully dislodge masonry.
The toddler appears dazed but breathing, blinking slowly and shielding its eyes from the bright sunlight.
If this video doesn’t break your heart, what will?
Assad Regime: Starvation as Weapon of War
A young boy in Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria pleading and crying tears for food and drink!
If this video doesn’t make you cry, what will?
Published on Dec 2, 2014
A video from the Aleppo Civil Defence (www.whitehelmets.org)as they attempt to save two children crushed under the rubble of their home in Marjeh, Aleppo.
The building was destroyed when the Assad regime dropped a barrel-bomb on it.
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