Aleppo boy Om­ran’s older brother dies

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

Om­ran has be­come a sym­bol of the suf­fer­ing of chil­dren in Syria’s bru­tal five-year con­flict.

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