Syrian girl pulled alive from rubble in Damascus

A woman holds two children after today's airstrike in Damascus, carried out by Syrian forces
  • Video shared by Syria Civil Defence shows frantic rescue of young girl
  • She was buried under rubble after two neighbourhoods were bombarded
  • Rescuers repeated 'God is great' as the girl was taken to safety in Damascas
  • Incredibly the girl survived the ordeal, but extent of injuries is unclear 

Terrifying footage of a young girl being dug out from rubble after her home was bombed has emerged from Syria today.

Rescuers repeated 'God is great' as the child, named Aya, is lifted from the debris, after miraculously surviving the ordeal.

It was taken after Syrian forces bombarded two neighbourhoods in Damascas today.

 Horrifying: The young girl is seen buried beneath rubble as rescuers desperately dig to free her

Horrifying: The young girl is seen buried beneath rubble as rescuers desperately dig to free her

 A rescue exclaimed 'God is great, God is great' in Arabic as the girl was taken to safety after the building collapsed

A rescue exclaimed 'God is great, God is great' in Arabic as the girl was taken to safety after the building collapsed

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 10 people were wounded in today's assault.

A video, uploaded by the Syria Civil Defence, a volunteer group also known as the White Helmets, shows the girl being taken alive from the city's Tishreen neighbourhood.

One rescue worker is told telling the terrified child in Arabic: 'We're coming. Don't be afraid. We're coming.'

 
 A woman holds two children after today's airstrike in Damascus, carried out by Syrian forces

A woman holds two children after today's airstrike in Damascus, carried out by Syrian forces

 A young child is treated following the bombing in Syrian capital Damascus, carried out by Syrian forces

A young child is treated following the bombing in Syrian capital Damascus, carried out by Syrian forces

The same worker proclaimed 'God is great, God is great' as the young girl was taken to safety.

The extent of her injuries were unclear.

Today it was announced that four Russian servicemen were killed last week in Syria when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb.

It takes the total Russian combat casualties so far in Syria's war to 27.

The four died when they were travelling as part of a Syrian military convoy to the central city of Homs on Thursday from the Tiyas air base, which is close to the ancient town of Palmyra held by ISIS.

 A young boy is treated by medics after he was hurt during today's bombing in the Syrian capital

A young boy is treated by medics after he was hurt during today's bombing in the Syrian capital

The Russian Defense Ministry said the bomb was detonated by remote control. Two other servicemen were wounded in the blast.

Moscow launched its military operations in support of President Bashar Assad's forces in September 2015. 

The Russian military has touted its air power as the backbone of its intervention, but its technicians, military advisers, and police forces have helped to clear and secure territory as well.

Russian media estimate that more than 4,000 servicemen have been deployed in Syria based on voter rolls from Russia's September 2016 parliamentary elections.

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By Mathias Dillion 02/20/2017 06:31:00