Child rescued from ruins of Syrian home destroyed by earthquake

Child rescued from ruins of Syrian home destroyed by earthquake

Rescuers in Syria used a pickaxe, jackhammer and a torch to rescue a young boy lodged in the ruins of his collapsed home after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the region on Monday.

The stunning video of the rescue shows Syria Civil Defense members, known as White Helmets, working to save the boy named Ahmed, who was pulled out the rubble and covered in debris from his fallen home in the village of Qatma, just north of Aleppo.

Ahmed, who had blood on his clothes and scrapes on his body, can be heard crying as a rescuer takes him in his arms. 

White Helmets immediately brought Ahmet into the back of an ambulance, giving him oxygen as they appeared to rush to a medical center where he was treated for his injuries. It’s not clear what happened to Ahmed’s parents. The boy’s age was not provided.

The huge earthquake rocked southeast Turkey and Syria early Monday, and has already claimed the lives of 2,300 people. It was followed by another 7.7 magnitude earthquake. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the number of fatalities is expected to rise significantly.

Photo of Ahmed on a stretcher after the rescue
Ahmed was rescued from the ruins of his home in the village of Qatma, north of Allepo, Syria.
Syria Civil Defence

Photo showing the rubble that covered Ahmed before his rescue.
Rescuers in the Syrian Civil Defense, known as White Helmets, dug Ahmed out of the rubble.
Syria Civil Defence

Photo of rescuer holding Ahmed in his arms.
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake caused devastation in Syria and Turkey.
Syria Civil Defence

Harrowing footage out of Sanliurfa, Turkey showed apartment buildings collapsing from the strength of the tremor.

The quake is the worst to hit Turkey this century, and its approximately 330-mile radius was felt in Cyprus and Lebanon.  

In 1999, a 7.6 magnitude earth hit the Turkish city of Izmit and killed more than 17,000 people.

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