By SHAUNA ANDERSON
He is being hailed as a hero. An eight-year old boy who bravely risks his own life to save that of a young girl.
You can see it for yourself. The dramatic events playing out on social media around the world.
But as the video goes viral its authenticity is being questioned – with many wondering whether it is just a viral hoax.
The amateur video, which was posted on YouTube by the Shaam News Network appears to show a young girl hiding, terrified under a car from sniper fire.
The young boy begins his rescue by braving the bullets himself, running towards the young girl through the dust.
At one stage he pretends to have been hit by one of the bullets – he dramatically falls to the ground in a ruse to deter the gunmen and then gets up again as he continues his way towards the girl.
As the boy gets up a group of men, most probably those who are filming the events from behind a brick wall, can be heard exclaiming “allahu akbar” (God is great).
After he grabs the terrified young girl he holds her hand as he pulls her towards the safety of a nearby building.
You can see the video for yourself here…