Brother of Omran Daqneesh, boy who became the symbol of Syria's suffering, dies

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A Syrian boy has died from wounds from the airstrike that turned his younger brother, Omran Daqneesh, into an internationally known symbol of the devastation in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo.

Ali Daqneesh died Saturday from the injuries he sustained in the blast that hit the family's apartment in their Qaterji neighborhood Wednesday, the group said. He was 10 years old, according to the Aleppo Media Center.

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ALEPPO, SYRIA - AUGUST 17: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) 5-year-old wounded Syrian kid Omran Daqneesh sits alone in the back of the ambulance after he got injured during Russian or Assad regime forces air strike targeting the Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo on August 17, 2016. (Photo by Mahmud Rslan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
In this frame grab taken from video provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), a child sits in an ambulance after being pulled out or a building hit by an airstirke, in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. Syrian opposition activists reported an airstrikes on the al-Qaterji neighborhood in Aleppo late Wednesday. (Aleppo Media Center via AP)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - AUGUST 17: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) 5-year-old wounded Syrian kid Omran Daqneesh (C) sits with his sister (R) in the back of the ambulance after they got injured during Russian or Assad regime forces air strike targeting the Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo on August 17, 2016. (Photo by Mahmud Rslan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - AUGUST 17: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) 5-year-old wounded Syrian kid Omran Daqneesh sits alone in the back of the ambulance after he got injured during Russian or Assad regime forces air strike targeting the Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo on August 17, 2016. (Photo by Mahmud Rslan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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The haunting photos of 5-year-old Omran were released by Syrian opposition activists earlier this week. In them, a dust-caked, bloodied Omran sits in an orange chair in an ambulance, his legs too short to reach the floor. Omran appears shell-shocked and weary.

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A doctor who identified him in the photos said Omran was brought to the hospital with head wounds, but didn't suffer any brain injuries, and was later discharged.

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Photojournalist Mahmoud Raslan took the picture and told the Associated Press that rescue personnel and journalists who arrived at the rebel-held district after the strike had pulled three bodies from the debris before they reached Omran.

Omran was plucked from the rubble along with Ali and their two other siblings and mother and father. The heartbreaking images of him triggered memories of another young Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi, who drowned on a beach in Turkey as his family tried to escape Syria's civil war.

Newspapers and media sites around the world published the picture of Aylan's father carrying his lifeless body along the beach as a symbol of Europe's refugee crisis.

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