It’s an image that’s become a symbol of the suffering in Syria. A dazed little boy, ashen and bloodied, sitting alone in the back of an ambulance after being pulled from the rubble of a flattened Aleppo building.
The footage broke hearts and fuelled anger around the world, but now a glimmer of happiness has emerged from among the chaos and carnage:
According to the ABC, five-year-old Omran Daqneesh has been reunited with his parents.
Speaking to the Australian news network, a nurse who treated Omran at the scene on Wednesday night has revealed that the stony-faced little boy was “in shock” until he saw his mother and father.
“He didn’t say anything except to ask for his parents,” said Abu Rajab from the Syrian American Medical Society.
“They arrived shortly after, in a second wave of people.
“Only then once Omran saw them did he start crying.”
The little boy was one of four small children rescued from the devastated home, and thankfully escaped the destruction with little more than a head wound, reports the ABC.
The attack reportedly occurred in the Qaterji district, a rebel-occupied area in Aleppo’s east, following Russian air strikes that killed at least three people and injured 12 others.
The city is one of the major battlegrounds of Syria’s deadly civil war, and still home to an estimated 1.5 million people.
Fighting has escalated in recent weeks as President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, backed by Russian air support, continue their efforts to regain control of rebel-held territory in the city’s east.