December 14, 2015 1:53 pm
Updated: December 14, 2015 1:59 pm

Video of children screaming for their mother after airstrike shows reality of Syrian civil war

WATCH ABOVE: Verified footage posted on YouTube Sunday shows two children crying and screaming for their mother moments after an airstrike hammered a rebel-held area in Syria, just east of Damascus.


The urban element of Syria’s Civil War has taken another heart-wrenching twist after cameras recorded a pair of children running from the rubble of an airstrike while screaming for their mother.

Syrian forces bombed a rebel-held suburban area east of Damascus Sunday. Two pieces of verified footage, posted on social media, provided a glimpse of just how affected children are in the war-torn area.

A Syrian Civil Defense volunteer was seen snatching up a running child in Douma, fear apparent in both face and voice, who screamed “I want my mother!”.

A second child followed closely behind – horror and desperation visible on his face.

One boy screams “I want my mother” as a member of the Syrian Civil Defense takes them to an ambulance.

YouTube / الدفاع المدني السوري في ريف دمشق

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Both children followed the volunteer and a woman to an ambulance. It remains unclear if the children and woman are related.

Another video shows a man clinging to an infant through the dense, cloudy remnants of a blast.

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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims Sunday’s multiple airstrikes claimed at least 45 lives. The bombardment of the Damascus suburbs came hours after rebel volleys of mortar shells fired into Damascus killed three.

The Associated Press reports that nearly 800,000 migrants and refugees have crossed through Greece this year, hoping to travel to northern Europe.

Canada, for its part, began officially accepting Syrian refugees early Friday morning. Prime Miniter Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne were onhand to greet the newcomers. Canada is expected to accept at least 25,000 refugees.

WATCH: Trudeau, Wynne welcome Greater Toronto Area’s first Syrian refugees

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