CHILD ‘TREATED WITH MUD’ FOR BURN WOUNDS

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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.

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