An online photo documenting the tragedy of three children in northwestern Syria

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Two girls were caught in the rubble of a building targeted by raids in northwestern Syria, trying to rescue their youngest sister from falling from a high floor, social networking sites in the last two days. While one of them died after falling, her sisters struggled to survive.

The town of Jericho, located in the southern countryside of Idlib, which includes sisters Dalia Al-Abdullah (8 years) and Reham (5 years) and met (7 months) air strikes by the regime on Wednesday and targeted the residential building where their family lives, Almost three months.

A photographer named Bashar al-Sheikh, working for a local news website, photographed a picture of the girls in the rubble of a collapsed building without collapsing completely. The two older sisters in the picture look completely stuck under the stones, and one of them, Reham, sticks to her sister from her torn shirt to prevent her from falling. Standing near them is a man who seems to be shouting from the scene, unable to advance over the rubble to save them.

AFP was unable to verify the identity of the man, who activists said was his father, while a White Helmets volunteer said he was a neighbor.

Family members of six girls were taken to hospital for treatment after Wednesday’s raids. The mother and her daughter, Riham, died shortly after they were wounded. The girl, Rawan, died on Friday, three years later, according to a doctor at Idleb Hospital.

Dr. Ismail, who is not sure of his full name, told AFP that Taki was suffering from “bruising in the head and was placed on an artificial respirator for 24 hours and is now in intensive care and stable condition, God willing.”

He said Dalia was in a “stable condition” after surgery for her chest fractures.

Tawfiq Qattan, a White Helmet volunteer, told AFP that he was among the paramedics who arrived after the raid to help the family.

He pointed out that the transfer of one of the girls called Iman to a nearby medical point. “I was surprised after my return to the hospital,” he said.

The province of Idlib and neighboring areas, where about three million people live, almost daily bombing carried out by Syrian and Russian planes since the end of April, does not exclude hospitals, schools and markets, and is accompanied by battles concentrated in the northern Hama countryside.

The bombing killed more than 740 civilians in nearly three months, including more than 180 children, according to the observatory.

The number of children killed in Idlib over the past four weeks exceeds the child death toll in the same region in 2018, Save the Children said in a statement on Thursday.

“The current situation in Idlib is a nightmare,” said Sonia Khosh, director of operations for Syria’s non-governmental organization, according to the statement. “It is clear once again that children are being killed and wounded by indiscriminate attacks.”


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