Heartbreaking picture shows dying five-year-old saving her baby sister after Russian missile strike

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • A tragic moment was caught on video as a dying five-year-old girl cradled her baby sister after pulling her from the rubble of their bombed Syrian home.
  • The missile strike in Idlib — which was presumably carried out by a Russian warplane — have killed at least five people.
  • Idlib was supposed to be under protection from a large-scale offensive, but the Russian-backed Assad regime resumed its attacks on the area in recent weeks.

Heartbreaking footage showed the tragic moment a dying five-year-old girl cradled her baby sister after pulling her from the rubble of their bombed Syrian home.

Riham al-Abdullah held onto little Tuqa after their building was struck by a Russian missile.

Syria Civil Defence volunteers rushed the sisters to the hospital but Riham was pronounced dead on arrival.

Tuqa currently remains in intensive care.

The missile strikes in Idlib — which were presumably carried out by a Russian warplane — have killed at least five people.

Idlib was supposed to be under protection from a large-scale offensive, according to an agreement between Russia and Turkey.

Russia, which backs the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, had established a ceasefire agreement with Turkey, which backs the rebels.

The deal involved setting up a buffer zone centered on the city of Idlib, which is home to almost three million people.

The agreement allowed rebel fighters to leave the buffer zone while civilians from other areas sought refuge there.

But the Assad regime resumed its attacks on the area in recent weeks.

Ursula Mueller, the U.N.’s assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, informed the U.N. Security Council of the dire situation in Idlib back in May. More than 160 civilians died in Idlib in the space of a month, while an estimated 270,000 were displaced.

Mueller reported that humanitarian workers have found it difficult to reach the worst affected areas: “In many areas of active hostilities, humanitarian operations have been suspended.”

“This includes the suspension of health, nutrition and protection services previously supporting some 600,000 people, including 21 immunization centers that have ceased operations, and at least 49 health facilities that have partially or totally suspended activities out of fear of being attacked.”

Several healthcare facilities were damaged in Idlib this week, including two hospitals and a major trauma center.

 

Source: The Sun

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