Reality of war: Syrian child sits shocked and silent after airstrikes destroy home

SYRIA (KUSI) — The heartbreaking photo of a young, injured Syrian child sitting motionless and silent in the back of an ambulance has taken over the internet.

Omran Daqneesh, believed to be 5 years old, lived with his mother, father, brother and sister in the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to CNN.

On Wednesday, their home was completely destroyed during airstrikes — believed to have been caused by the Syrian regime and Russia — but everyone survived the blasts.

The little boy was rescued by a civil defense worker and taken to an ambulance for treatment. According to CNN, he was silent during the entire incident.

"He was in extreme shock," according to a spokesman for the Aleppo Media Center, an activist group.

According to CNN, it took crews almost two hours to pull Omran out of the remains of his home. The doctor who treated him said his wounds were minor, but his mother and brother had more serious injuries.

"Omran was in the same daze and shock you saw he had when he was in the ambulance," said Dr. Mohammedd, a surgeon in Aleppo, who doesn’t want to use his last name for security reasons. "He was in the same situation, he did not cry at all."

CNN reports that Omran and his family were smuggled out of Aleppo and are now staying with family.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Aleppo Media Center, at least three people were killed and 12 wounded in the airstrikes.

According to CNN, more than 18,000 civilians have been killed in Aleppo province from March 15, 2011 through August 18, 2016.

"The truth is that the image you see today is repeated every day in Aleppo," said Mustafa al Sarouq — a cameraman with the Aleppo Media Center, who filmed the video — in an interview with CNN’s Nima Elbagir.

"Every day we cover these massacres and these war crimes in Aleppo. When we go to the places that have been bombed, regime planes circle around and bomb it again to kill rescue workers that are helping civilians. They kill these people who are trying to rescue people."

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