The brother of the Syrian boy whose dust-covered picture has captured the world’s attention has died from injuries relating to Wednesday’s airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. Aleppo Media Center confirmed that 10-year-old Ali Daqneesh had died on Saturday from the airstrike and reported his mother still remains in critical condition.
The photo of Omran Daqneesh, which was taken by photojournalist Mahmoud Raslan, was a chilling reminder of the amount of violence and devastation that is occurring in Aleppo. According to Raslan, three bodies were pulled from the rubble before Omran was reached. The image has become a symbol of the true devastation Syria has experienced during this period. The city has been one of the many ravaged cities during the country’s civil war, with reportedly 4,500 children and thousands of other being upended by it. Activists in the country have placed blame on the Syrian regime and Russia for the number of bombings Aleppo has suffered.
Omran, along with Ali, two other siblings and their parents were rescued from the rubble and treated for their injuries. Omran was treated for head injuries, but there have not been any updates about the other members of his family so far.