Startling footage shows Syrian boy sitting in ambulance after surviving airstrike

Five-year-old was among five children reportedly injured in Aleppo blast

Startling footage shows Syrian boy sitting in ambulance after surviving airstrike

Screengrab from footage released by the Aleppo Media Centre

Warning: This post contains footage that some may find upsetting.

He sits at the back of an ambulance, his dazed face covered in blood and dust.

The young Syrian boy, reportedly named Omran Daqneesh, wipes his wound after being lifted from the rubble of a building.

The five-year-old was one of eight people injured yesterday by an airstrike on the rebel-held Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, according to the Telegraph.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three people died in the blast, which opposition monitoring group the Local Co-ordination Committees blamed on Russian warplanes.

Footage circulated by activist group the Aleppo Media Centre shortly after the strike appears to show the rescue of two other children and an older man.

Omran, the first to reach the ambulance, is sat on an orange chair, his little legs too short to reach the ground.

The exact location and date of the video could not be independently verified. 

The Telegraph said the boy was brought to the city’s M10 hospital and released later that night.

Around 12 other children under the age of 15 were treated there on the same day, according to doctors cited in the report.

The picture of little Omran is reminiscent of the image of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian boy found dead on a Turkish beach, whose fate came to symbolise the desperation of the country's refugees.

More than 290,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the country's civil war, which began in 2011.

Aleppo, Syria's most populous city, is the subject of a bitter fight between various rebel forces and Russian-backed government forces.

Earlier this month, insurgents broke a weeks-long government siege in eastern Aleppo, where an estimated 250,000 people are believed to have been trapped.

Fierce fighting continues, however, meaning a safe corridor for civilians and aid has not yet been established.

Additional reporting by IRN