5 Y.O. Syrian Who Broke Hearts In Good Health Months After Aleppo Strike

Omran Daqneesh, the young Syrian boy who came to symbolise conflict in the wartorn Syrian city of Aleppo, has been shown in apparent good health months after footage captured him dazed and bloodied in the back of an ambulance. 
The new images were released after boy’s father was interviewed in Aleppo by a journalist sympathetic to the Bashar al-Assad regime.
The boy’s father refuted claims that Omran was injured in a regime air strike, and that Omran was captured by rebel “gunmen” who needlessly took him to hospital.
Furthering his anti-rebel stance, Omran’s father said that he changed his son’s name and cut his hair to reduce the risk of kidnapping attempts.

He also said that international media had used the images as “propaganda,” adding “they wanted to trade in his blood and published his photos.”

However, those claims have been contested. 
Valerie Szybala of the Syria Institute says that since rebels fled the city and the regime resumed control, “the situation seems to suggest this [interview] is probably coerced.”
Forces opposing the al-Assad regime were fought out of Aleppo late last year, with civilians posting terrified ‘goodbye’ messages online as government troops secured the city.
Over 300,000 people have died in the Syrian civil war so far.

Source: BBC / ABC.
Photo: CNN / YouTube.