A dramatic scene was captured on video in the war-torn city of Aleppo Tuesday when a young girl was rescued from the rubble of a building destroyed by an apparent airstrike.
The incident took place the same day that the Syrian government and its Russian allies kicked off a renewed bombing campaign after several weeks of relative calm. Warplanes hit several opposition-held neighborhoods in the besieged part of Aleppo, residents say.
A fresh wave of strikes today claimed at least eight lives and wounded dozens in Aleppo’s Al-Shaar and Karm el-Beik neighborhoods, according to the White Helmets, a group of volunteer emergency responders.
The girl in the video who was pinned under the rubble of a destroyed building in Aleppo’s Salheen neighborhood was brought to a hospital for treatment. The video was released by the Aleppo Media Center, an opposition media group.
“I want water,” the girl says in Arabic in the video after being brought to a clinic.
She appears to remove dirt from her mouth. When asked what her name is, she responds: “Khadiza.”
After she rinses her face and eyes with water, she is asked: “Is there anything left in your eyes?”
A man later asks her to open her eyes and look at him, but she keeps her eyes closed. She is also asked what her older sister’s name is. When the girl asks why they want to know, a man responds, "because she is here with me."
In the past 24 hours, at least 32 civilians have been killed by Syrian government airstrikes in east Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, including six children.
The Children’s Hospital, the Bayan Hospital and the Central Blood Bank were damaged Wednesday morning by barrel bombs, according to local medical staff. In the past five days, there have been 13 attacks on medical facilities across northern Syria – that’s one attack every nine hours, according to the Syrian American Medical Society, which supports hospitals in Syria. At least nine medical personnel, including three doctors, were injured over the weekend, and five civilians were killed, SAMS said.