Boy, 5, becomes face of Syrian war

A child sits in an ambulance after being pulled out of a building hit by an airstirke, in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016.(Aleppo Media Center via AP)
A child sits in an ambulance after being pulled out of a building hit by an airstirke, in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016.(Aleppo Media Center via AP)

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.

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.

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