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One-year-old Hassan was discovered in the rubble of an apartment building in Aleppo, Syria, giving his rescuers a moment of hope on a sad day. His parents were killed by the helicopter strike. (Global Post)

A Bombing In Syria Wipes Out A Family, But A Baby Survives

by Greg Myre
Sep 6, 2012

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The northern Syrian city of Aleppo has been the site of the bloodiest recent fighting in that country's brutal war, and we're still getting only glimpses of the violence.

But GlobalPost has a striking video of a devastating bombing that killed an entire family — except for a 1-year-old boy who survived without any serious injuries.

The video speaks for itself and needs only the briefest explanation.

A helicopter air strike pummeled the three-story apartment building, according to reporter Tracey Shelton. Rescuers then sifted through the rubble by hand, but it appeared that everyone in one family had been killed.

But after six hours of searching, rescuers found Hassan, a one-year-old boy who was "discovered unscathed, still cradled [in his mother's] lifeless arms," Shelton reports.

Shelton is among the few Western reporters who have been filing stories from Aleppo and elsewhere in the region. Her stories have also covered Syrian refugees and how the rebels are getting weapons.

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