Omran Daqneesh

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A general view shows the site of yesterday's airstrike where five-year-old Omran Daqneesh got injured in the rebel-held al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria August 18, 2016. The Daqneesh family lived in the building on the left. (source)
Just received this from @TheSyriaCmpgn - a statement from Mahmoud Rislan the photographer of #OmranDaqneesh Sophie McNeill



Location and building damage is uncertain based on the above footage.
Videos have marking AMC, which appears to be Aleppo Media Center, sponsored by Syrian Expatriates Organization, with contact address in Washington DC.

Brother dies?

According to ABC, "Brother of Syrian Boy Who Became Face of Aleppo's Suffering Dies", Aug. 20, 2016.

  • CNN
    Ali Daqneesh, the 10-year-old brother of Omran Daqneesh, died Saturday, according to Yousef Saddiq, the director of the Aleppo Media Center. His brother, whose photo was not taken, no one mentioned him, he died and he is by God's side now. Omran was pulled out of the rubble quickly to come back to life, Ali stayed under the rubble for a while.
  • Brother of Omran, the bloodied and dazed face of Syrian war, dies in airstrike
    The older brother of a Syrian boy pictured bloodied and dazed after an air strike in Aleppo has died of injuries sustained in the same incident. Ali Daqneesh, 10, was wounded in the air strike on Wednesday alongside his three siblings, his mother and his father. A spokesman for the local council of Aleppo said: “He was martyred while in hospital as a result of the same bombardment that their house was subjected to.”
  • Brother of Syrian boy pulled from Aleppo rubble dies in hospital - The Observer, August 20, 2016

White Helmets involvement

  • ‘We run toward the screams': Meet the Aleppo rescue team that saved 5-year-old Omran - Louisa Loveluck, The Washington Post, August 23, 2016
    As the volunteers scrabbled through smashed cinder blocks, the whimper they’d been hearing for hours grew louder. It was the only sign that this rubble had once been someone’s home.
    “Go slowly, go slowly,” shouted one as the noise turned into a sharp cry. This was always the critical moment, a time when the owner of that sound hovered between life and death and one wrong move could push them over the edge.
    Zakaria Zakaria in Istanbul contributed to this report.


Pulled from the rubble of a damaged building in Aleppo, Omran Daqneesh has moved the world. The heartbreaking image of little Omran sitting in an ambulance – stunned, his face caked in dust and blood, a Nickelodeon character on his t-shirt – has become a symbol of the Syrian civil war and the untold human suffering it has wrought
  • Oxfam America petition calls on president Obama and/or Secretary of State Kerry for an end to the conflict, by political settlement, and also "I urge you to secure full implementation of UNSC resolutions that would help end attacks and sieges of Syrian civilians and ensure unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid, notably UN Security Council resolutions 2139, 2165, 2254, and 2268." (personalization of text is allowed) “Secure implementation” could mean “enforce,” which could be the basis for a Libya-style air war or other military intervention. Promoting it, their Laura Rusu, blogs how she "found the images so awful that I could barely look. But then I forced myself to watch … We mustn't turn away.” Others agree, and have made it so you almost can't turn away, except by buying the paper and turning to page 2. --Caustic Logic (talk) 02:48, 21 August 2016 (UTC)
The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement it never targets populated areas and that rebels themselves hit urban areas in order to derail humanitarian efforts there. The ministry also said the footage of the boy’s rescue showed windows in the house next door intact, indicating that the boy’s house was not targeted by an airstrike but was hit with a mine that rebels use.
better translation of the ending given by TASS: "(mortar) shell or a gas cylinder widely used by terrorists there".
  • Syria's Civil War: Yet another 'iconic image'? by Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, USA, Aljazeera, 18 Aug 2016.
This is not an icon. This is Omran Daqneesh. He is a Syrian boy. He is alive. (...) That gaze is the look of our damned eternity on this Earth.


The United Nations Security Council discussed the humanitarian situation in Syria on Monday, 22 Aug., 2016. The delegations of the United States, Britain and Ukraine blamed Russia for civilian deaths in Syria.

  • Al-Jaafari: Syrian, Russian air force didn’t target al-Qaterji neighborhood in Aleppo, SANA, 22 Aug. 2016.
New York, SANA-Syria’s permanent envoy to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said on Monday that the Syrian, Russian air force didn’t target al-Qaterji neighborhood in Aleppo and “you have to search about the real criminal.” Al-Jaafari said at a UN Security council session that the first and last responsible for the civilians’’ suffering in Syria are the governments that falsely claimed they are friends of the Syrians.
It was said that Omran Daqneesh incident occurred in al-Qaterji (map), e.g. The child has been identified as five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, who was injured late on Wednesday in a military strike on the rebel-held Qaterji neighbourhood, The Guardian, 18 Aug., 2016,
  • Churkin urges US-led coalition to analyze its actions in Syria, TASS, 22 Aug. 2016.
Regretfully, some UN Security Council members have been tactless and openly unscrupulous in discussing the situation in Syria. They try to push provocative insinuations about the Russian Aerospace Forces operations in Syria through the United Nations Security Council while being reticent about their own actions, which can hardly be called justified