Brother of Syrian boy in iconic photo dies following airstrike

ALEPPO, Syria, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Ali Daqneesh, the 10-year-old brother of Omran Daqneesh whose haunting photo has become the new face of the Syrian civil war, died, officials said.

Ali died Saturday as the result of injuries sustained in Wednesday’s airstrike, said Yousef Saddiq, the director of the Aleppo Media Center.

Omran and Ali were pulled from the rubble Wednesday night in the battered city of Aleppo, north of Damascus, along with their two sisters and parents.

A video of Omran being pulled from the remains of their family home has brought world-wide attention to the ongoing war in Syria.

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The video of Omran, shot by photojournalist Mahmoud Raglan for the Aleppo Media Center, has since gone viral, even bringing CNN anchor Kate Bolduan to tears while on air.

The war is responsible for taking the lives of more than 400,000 people, 41,000 of them children, as the Syrian regime and its supporters battle for control of the city, according to CBS correspondent Holly Williams.

Omran has since been released from the hospital. His mother is still in critical condition.



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