Video: child born under quake rubble in Syria

Published February 6th, 2023 - 10:08 GMT
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A screenshot taken from the video show a newborn baby dragged from the rubble. (Twitter/ @Talhaofficial01)

ALBAWABA - A video that went viral on the internet showed a Syrian rescue worker holding a newborn baby who was born under the rubble, as other team members tried to save his mother who was stuck in piles of debris following a devastating earthquake that hit the area. 

According to social media posts, the video was taken in Syria's northern business hub, Aleppo. It received hundreds of thousands of views in a couple of hours.

Commentators sought to comfort Aleppo residents, suggesting that the newborn could be a "glimpse of hope" that things will be better in the war-ravaged city, despite people's agony from years of conflict and the strong tremor that stuck them Monday.

In the video, a man is seen holding the baby right after his birth in one of the buildings destroyed by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Syria and southern Turkey early Monday.

In Syria, the quake's death toll jumped to 1,136, with 2,469 others injured, as rescue teams are still searching for missing people under the rubble.

In Turkey, two earthquakes, which hit south of the country, left at least 2,379 people killed, local Turkish media reported.

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