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World stunned by haunting image of young boy pulled from aftermath of a devastating air strike in Aleppo, Syria

The image of the stunned and weary looking boy, sitting in an orange chair inside an ambulance covered in dust and with blood on his face, encapsulates the horrors inflicted on the conflict-hit northern city

Opposition activists in Syrian have released haunting footage showing a young boy rescued from the rubble in the aftermath of a devastating air strike in Aleppo.

The image of the stunned and weary looking boy, sitting in an orange chair inside an ambulance covered in dust and with blood on his face, encapsulates the horrors inflicted on the conflict-hit northern city and is being widely shared on social media.

A doctor in Aleppo on Thursday identified the boy as five-year-old Omran Daqneesh.

Dr Osama Abu al-Ezz confirmed he was brought to the hospital known as "M10" on Wednesday night following an air strike on the rebel-held district of Qaterji with head wounds, but no brain injury, and was later discharged.

Doctors in Aleppo use code names for hospitals, which they say have been systematically targeted by government air strikes.

Dr Abu al-Ezz said they do that "because we are afraid security forces will infiltrate their medical network and target ambulances as they transfer patients from one hospital to another".

Opposition activists said there were eight casualties overall from the air strike on Qaterji, among them five children.

The image of Omran in the orange chair is reminiscent of the image of Aylan Kurdi, the drowned Syrian boy whose body was found on a beach in Turkey and came to encapsulate the horrific toll of Syria’s civil war.

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