One-month-old baby survives airstrike in Syria’s Idlib


A rescue worker has been pictured breaking down in tears as he held a baby girl who was freed from the rubble of a bombed building.

In the footage, the man is seen cradling the child in his arms in an ambulance as she was taken to hospital following a reported airstrike in Idlib, northern Syria.

The tearful worker said the infant, who had blood on her head and was covered in dust, was aged about one month.

Rescue workers were earlier pictured searching desperately through the remains of a building to find the youngster in the debris.

Civil defense teams had already pulled seven dead bodies from the debris when they found the infant.

“We found her in the fourth floor of the destroyed building; she was alive,” civil defense official Abu Khalifa — who did not provide his full name due to fears of reprisal — told Anadolu Agency.

“We finally managed to extricate her from the rubble after two hours,” he said.

One-month-old Hamida Matuk, whose family is believed to have been killed in the airstrike, has since been taken to a nearby field hospital for treatment.

Syria has been locked in a devastating civil war since 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests — which had erupted as part of that year’s “Arab Spring” uprisings — with unexpected ferocity.

The Syrian Center for Policy Research, a Beirut-based NGO, has put the total death toll from the five-year conflict at more than 470,000.

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