Aleppo boy Omran’s older brother dies
THE older brother of the young Syrian boy who was pictured sitting in an ambulance dazed and covered in blood after an air strike has died from wounds sustained in the attack on the family’s apartment, a monitoring group said.
“Ali, aged 10, succumbed to his injuries. He was badly wounded in the same bombardment as Omran on August 17 in Aleppo,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on August 20.
The haunting images of four-yearold Omran, sitting in an ambulance after the attack with his face, arms and legs caked in blood and dust, have reverberated around the world, becoming a symbol of the suffering of children in Syria’s brutal five-year conflict which has killed thousands.
In video footage from the incident, Omran is seen quietly staring into space before raising his arms to touch his bloodied forehead, then looking at his hand and wiping it on the orange seat.
Omran, his siblings and his parents were all plucked from the rubble wounded but alive following the August 17 bombing on the Qaterji neighbourhood in rebel-held east Aleppo.
The Aleppo Media Centre, a network of activists in the divided city, confirmed Ali’s death.
The images of Omran have sparked a global outcry, much like the photograph last September of three-year-old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi, whose body washed ashore on a Turkish beach after he drowned as his family tried to reach Europe.
More than 290,000 people have been killed since Syria’s conflict broke out, including nearly 15,000 children.
Omran’s home city Aleppo has been divided by government control in the west and opposition fighters in the east since 2012. –
Omran has become a symbol of the suffering of children in Syria’s brutal five-year conflict.