SYRIAN CONFLICT

'It's a miracle!' Two-month-old Syrian baby rescued from bombed-out building

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 July, 2014, 10:01pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 July, 2014, 10:01pm
AFP

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A two-month-old Syrian baby was rescued from the rubble of a bombed building in war-battered Aleppo – a “miracle” caught on film by rescuers – but now desperately needs help, according to its mother.

The dramatic rescue of infant, Mahmud Idlibi, in the flashpoint northern city, a constant target of regime air raids, was shown in a video tweeted Friday by the team that saved him.

In the video the baby is heard crying as its tiny body, completely covered in dust, is carefully extracted.

The 30-second clip was posted by a group calling itself the “Aleppo civil defence”, volunteers who operate in rebel-held areas of the city. It was also posted on YouTube.

WATCH: Video of the baby getting pulled from the rubble (unverified)

Initially the team mistakenly identified the child as a girl.

The mother, Umm Mahmud, said her husband and daughter had been killed in an air raid in the southern Aleppo district of Al-Ansari that trapped the baby.

“It was June 18. We were asleep when suddenly I heard a loud explosion. I passed out and woke up in hospital,” she said.

“My husband and daughter were killed,” added the black-clad woman who has now been taken in by her brother in Aleppo’s Al-Mashad district.

“We desperately need help,” she said, her infant son next to her. “We have nobody left.”

Activists blamed regime warplanes for the deadly raid.

Mahmud’s rescuer, Khaled, said his team had pulled three women and three men from the rubble before realising several hours later that a baby also needed rescuing.

“The boy was still alive and unhurt. He had spent hours under the rubble. It was a miracle,” he said.

“After 16 hours working under difficult conditions, the civil defence in Ansari [in southern Aleppo] was able to rescue a baby girl barely two months old as well as her mother who was injured,” a commentary to the video said.

“It’s a miracle!” shouts a rescue worker as a small head is seen emerging from debris in the clip.

A smiling man then clutches the rescued child in his arms while his colleagues off-camera cry: “God is great!”

The authenticity of the video which was posted nearly a month after the event, apparently because of technical problems, could not immediately be verified initially.

Daily air strikes by regime forces have killed hundreds of people in rebel-held parts of Aleppo, drawing international condemnation.

Rebels constantly fire mortar bombs at government-controlled western sectors of Aleppo, which was Syria’s commercial hub before its civil war erupted in 2011.

More than 170,000 people have been killed in the three-year war, one third of them civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.