The brutal images coming in from Syria are a constant reminder of the ongoing destruction in the Middle Eastern region. Hospitals and schools are bombed, children are killed and families are left homeless.
The people, particularly those trapped in eastern Aleppo, have nowhere left to run or hide. In fact, they are sitting ducks for the next government or ally warplane that decides to drop shells on their neighborhood.
A disturbing video uploaded to YouTube by Aleppo Media Centre (AMC) proves exactly that.
The clip shows a young boy hanging off the side of a building with his legs trapped in the rubble following an airstrike that killed at least 30. The dazed teen, wearing a T-shirt that reads “Don’t Shoot,” has been identified as a 16-year-old, Marouf.
He miraculously survived the attack.
Despite being injured, the teen was eerily silent and continued to lie motionlessly as a rescuer approached him in a crane. It was only when the volunteer nudged his head did he react and attempt to free his legs.
The heartbreaking video draws comparisons to the similar rescue of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, whose dazed and confused expressions as he sat in an ambulance with a bloodied face, broke millions of hearts across the world.
AMC claims an airstrike from Russian forces hit Marouf’s home in the Alqatrgi neighborhood of Aleppo.
Omran and Marouf are among the fortunate kids who survived, but more than 50,000 children have paid the ultimate price of war so far in the conflict.
Recently, a 4-year-old Syrian child died after picking up cluster bomb thinking it was a toy.
Eman was collecting water in the under-siege Syrian city when she spotted a shiny ball and picked it up to play. Little did she know it was a cluster bomb, which exploded as soon as Eman grasped it.
The toddler was admitted in the children’s trauma ward at M2, one of the last hospitals with a functioning emergency department, with multiple shrapnel wounds to her abdomen and two broken legs.
She died a day later due to several complications.