Brother of Syrian Boy Who Became Face of Aleppo's Suffering Dies

But, what shook the world was the image of a five-year-old Omran Daqneesh.

Russian Federation said on Thursday it would stop attacks on Aleppo for 48 hours next week to allow delivery of humanitarian aid, indicating it would also prevent the Syrian government from bombing there, provided the United States could guarantee a similar pause by the "so-called moderate opposition".

And it's getting worse as rebels and government forces there battle for control over the northern city.

The Syrian opposition has said it wants to see a credible pause in the bloodshed and improved humanitarian aid access to Aleppo before peace talks can resume.

'He's (Omran) not the only one, there are lots of children who are injured or killed under the bombs and no one is focused on them, ' the nurse, who gave his name as Mudar, said.

As journalist Raslan pointed out, before he helped pull Omran and his siblings from the building, he had already pulled three dead bodies out from under the wreckage.

A still image taken on August 18, 2016 from a video posted on social media said to be shot in Aleppo on August 17, 2016, shows a boy with bloodied face sitting in an ambulance, after an airstrike, Syria.

The boy then runs his hand over his blood-covered face, looks at his hands and wipes them on the ambulance chair.

Kirsty McNeill, director of advocacy, policy and campaigns at the charity, said the photo of Omran has "bought home the horror of life in Syria " with an impact likened to harrowing images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who drowned trying to reach safety in Greece previous year.

"That little boy has never had a day in his life where there hasn't been war, death, destruction, poverty in his own country", State Department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters during his daily press briefing.

"You don't have to be a dad, but I am".

"Ali is the reality: that no story in Syria has a happy ending".

It's the single image that has made the world collectively pause to remember the ongoing horror in war-torn Syria that we all too often and too easily cast from our minds.


Their home is inside Aleppo, Syria. Up to 2 million people on both sides lack clean water after infrastructure was damaged in bombing.

Kurdi said she doesn't support one side or the other in the Syrian conflict, but she's frustrated by what she calls the Western media's one-sided coverage of the war.

Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov later announced that Moscow was "ready to implement the first 48-hour "humanitarian pause" to deliver humanitarian aid to Aleppo residents" next week.

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More than 17,700 people are estimated to have died in custody since the conflict began, an average of more than 300 each month, the watchdog said in a report.

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