WARNING: THIS REPORT CONTAINS FOOTAGE SOME READERS MAY FIND DISTRESSING
It could be any happy home movie. A bright-eyed little girl sings for a woman, presumed to be her mother, who proudly encourages her to continue when she forgets a verse.
But seconds later, the building they are in is rocked by a loud explosion, cutting the clip abruptly and brutally short.
According to social media, the mobile phone footage was shot in war-torn Syria.
Though it is not evident from the unverified footage, some channels report the little girl was taken to safety and escaped unscathed.
The jarring clip comes just a week after the heartbreaking image of a five-year-old Syrian boy sitting bloodied and alone in the back of an ambulance went viral.
The picture of Omran Daqneesh served as a shocking reminder of the brutality of the conflict on the country’s children, and was shared thousands of times on social media.
Four other infants, one woman and two young men were also hurt in the airstrike in the rebel-held Qaterji neighbourhood in the besieged city of Aleppo.
Daqneesh was treated by medics and is said to be in a stable condition, but many were moved by the image and have publicly asked what can be done for the youth of Syria.
Earlier this month pictures emerged of Syrian children in Aleppo setting fire to tyres to create ‘no-fly zones’ for the planes carrying out airstrikes.
The “little heroes” are among civilians burning tyres in the devastated city as the Syrian government and its Russian allies bombard hospitals, markets and aid warehouses, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The children hoped the smoke would confuse the planes bombarding them in the rebel-controlled half of the city, which is facing a humanitarian disaster.
Pictures shared online show children posing beside blazing piles of tyres, while commenters called them “the new generation” of Syrian activists.
The children are among 300,000 people facing desperate conditions as bombs pound their neighbourhoods.
Food supplies in Aleppo are expected to last only a few more weeks, and it was claimed earlier this year that there are only 25 doctors left in the city.
The last children’s doctor was killed in May.
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