***WARNING*** The images below are extremely graphic, viewer discretion is advised.
As the bloody Syrian crisis between the fractured opposition forces and President Bashar al-Assad rages on, so do the deadly attacks. Just last week, a bomb went off in the middle of several buses that were reportedly carrying 126 people from besieged Syrian villages to safe zones, CNN reported.
Abd Alkader Habak was one of the men behind their cameras that day documenting the happenings in Aleppo. When the bomb blast struck, he was knocked out. But when he regained consciousness he decided to go to the sea of buses and search for people in need of help.
During an interview with CNN held earlier this week, after footage of the incident was released by Channel 4, Habak said that the first child he went to help was actually already dead. He quickly moved on to another child who he suspected could still be alive. When he got to the elementary aged boy, he was barely breathing at the time. But someone who he knew without a doubt was still alive because “this child was firmly holding my hand and looking at me.” So he immediately scooped him up and ran to an ambulance.
This is the immediate aftermath of a bomb attack on evacuee buses in Syria.These previously unseen images reveal the horror of the attack near Aleppo, which killed scores of people including more than 60 children.*Warning – this video contains disturbing images.*
Posted by Channel 4 News on Sunday, April 16, 2017
While Habak was doing so, another photographer by the name of Muhammad Alrageb decided to document the videographers moves through the rubble. And since that moment, the picture showing the journalist’s mad dash to the ambulance has gone viral and so has his emotional break down on the scene after doing so.
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Habak explained that he felt compelled to help that day. Stating that everything was so horrible and it was so difficult to see “children wailing and dying in front of you.”
“So I decided along with my colleagues that we’d put our cameras aside and start rescuing injured people.”
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