CHILD ‘TREATED WITH MUD’ FOR BURN WOUNDS
Damascus: Upsetting images have been released of a badly burned child in a rebel-held area of Syria being treated with mud for wounds allegedly sustained by a weapon similar to napalm.
The footage, released by the Homs Media Centre on Sunday, purports to show the aftermath of several air strikes last Saturday night on the besieged al-Waer neighbourhood of Homs, the country’s third largest city. “After the bombing by war planes stopped, they began firing napalm,” a doctor in the district said. “Some of the patients were burnt.” One video shows a young boy writhing in pain as a man rubs mud onto the child’s head before removing his bandages and rubbing the thick sludge into his wounds. Nedal, a Homs-based member of the Syrian Civil Defence, a volunteer rescue group that operates in rebel-held territory, said the man was forced to use mud as a cooling agent for the burns as there were no longer any medical supplies or materials in that part of the city. Two children were killed and at least five others wounded by the napalm-like incendiary weapons, Nedal said. Al Jazeera
Activists said the mud was used as a cooling agent for the burns because of a lack of medical supplies.