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One Syrian boy’s moment of horror captures the world’s attention

An image of an ashen Syrian boy, bloody and dazed in the back of an ambulance, has attracted international attention this week.

Five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, who has been identified as the boy in the footage, was injured Wednesday night by an airstrike in Aleppo that partially destroyed the building he was in, the Associated Press reported.

Rescue workers removed Daqneesh and his family from the rubble of the building, which completely collapsed an hour later, according to the Associated Press.

They were brought to a hospital with the code name “M10,” a code that doctors in Aleppo use because they say hospitals are a target for airstrikes, according to The Guardian.

Neither Daqneesh nor his family sustained major injuries, but the Guardian reported that eight others died from that airstrike, among them five children.

Mahmoud Raslan, the photojournalist who captured the image of Omran, told the Associated Press about an injured girl in the wreckage who survived. “We sent the younger children immediately to the ambulance, but the 11-year-old girl waited for her mother to be rescued. Her ankle was pinned beneath the rubble,” Raslan said.

Last year, an image of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old refugee from Syria who drowned off the coast of Turkey, received a similar outcry.

As airstrikes have continued in Aleppo, civil organizations like the White Helmets have formed to help civilians cope with the aftermath. The group operates across Syria, rushing into war-torn sites to rescue survivors, provide emergency supplies and tend to the wounded.

The White Helmets accept donations at their website.