Children were pulled from the rubble of a building in Aleppo on August 17, after it was hit by air strikes, according to amateur video posted to the internet. The video shows three small children sitting in the back of an ambulance, all covered in dust.
The first little boy sits dazed and silently in the back of the vehicle, trying to wipe the blood from his badly injured face.
The video of five-year old Omran Daqneesh was purportedly shot in the rebel-held al-Qaterji neighbourhood of the divided Syrian city.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based war monitor, said warplanes targeted the area, killed three people and injured several others.
Fighting for control of Aleppo, split between its government-held west and rebel-held eastern neighbourhoods, has intensified in recent weeks causing hundreds of deaths and depriving many civilians of power, water and vital supplies.
The city is one of the bastions of the rebellion to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose army is backed on the ground by Shi’ite Muslim militias from neighbouring countries and from the skies by Russian air strikes.