Shocking Video Shows Hero Rescue Team Saving A Child After Bombing In Syria

Life in a war zone is tragic, but sometimes there are miracles.

A dramatic rescue video posted online shows a group of Syrian volunteers uncovering a 5-year-old girl buried beneath rubble after a bombing just outside Damascus, Syria.

The girl, named Aya, survived the ordeal and was being treated at a local hospital, according to an update provided to CNN. Her story is one of many for Syrian citizens who have been the victims of a relentless civil war that has displaced millions. 

In the video, a team of volunteer rescue workers from the Syrian Civil Defence — also known as the White Helmets — is walking through Tishreen, a bombed-out neighborhood just outside Damascus, after an attack. Suddenly, a woman calls to them in Arabic and directs them upstairs and into a destroyed room. There, one of the men instructs everyone to start digging with their hands.

"We are here now dear," one of the men says. "We are here. Don't be scared, we are here."

Soon after, Aya can be heard crying. As the video goes on, her body suddenly emerges beneath the rubble and the men proceed to dig her out.  A member of the White Helmets volunteer search and rescue team told CNN Aya survived the ordeal and has been released from the hospital. 


The horrifying video and the miraculous rescue are a reminder of life in a war-torn country. While Damascus, Syria's capital, has avoided the brunt of the war, rebel-held towns such as Tishreen supported by the United States have frequently been the victims of shelling like this. The Russian-backed Syrian government bombarded Tishreen this week, an escalation of fighting that has the United Nationals concerned.  

Some 100,000 Syrian civilians are living in need throughout neighborhoods such as Tishreen that have seen an escalation in violence, according to the U.N. Since the civil war began in 2011, 4.8 million Syrians have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq and about 1 million have requested asylum in Europe.

Videos like this are a reminder why so many Syrians are seeking refuge. 

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