Four children among the dead as war-damaged block of flats collapses in Syria

Four children among the dead as war-damaged block of flats collapses in Syria

Four children have died after a war-damaged block of flats collapsed in Syria today  killing at least eleven, state media has said. The shock incident

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Four children have died after a war-damaged block of flats collapsed in Syria today  killing at least eleven, state media has said.

The shock incident took place in the formerly rebel-held neighbourhood of Saleheddin, Aleppo this morning and involved a five-storey block of flats.     

One child was pulled out alive from the rubble after rescue teams toiled, many of them with their bare hands.

A Syrian rescue team carries a child to safety after pulling him from the rubble of a war-damaged block of flats which collapsed in second city Aleppo

A Syrian rescue team carries a child to safety after pulling him from the rubble of a war-damaged block of flats which collapsed in second city Aleppo

A Syrian rescue team carries a child to safety after pulling him from the rubble of a war-damaged block of flats which collapsed in second city Aleppo

A Syrian rescue worker comforts a child buried under the rubble of a collapsed apartment block as colleagues toil to remove the concrete blocks encasing him, many using their bare hands

A Syrian rescue worker comforts a child buried under the rubble of a collapsed apartment block as colleagues toil to remove the concrete blocks encasing him, many using their bare hands

A Syrian rescue worker comforts a child buried under the rubble of a collapsed apartment block as colleagues toil to remove the concrete blocks encasing him, many using their bare hands

The workers had to remove the shattered breeze blocks that had buried him. He was the sole survivor of the collapse, the official SANA news agency reported

The workers had to remove the shattered breeze blocks that had buried him. He was the sole survivor of the collapse, the official SANA news agency reported

The workers had to remove the shattered breeze blocks that had buried him. He was the sole survivor of the collapse, the official SANA news agency reported

Pictures taken at the scene show rescue workers holding the stricken child after freeing him from the rubble. A crowd watches on as the youngster is transported to safety 

Pictures taken at the scene show rescue workers holding the stricken child after freeing him from the rubble. A crowd watches on as the youngster is transported to safety 

Pictures taken at the scene show rescue workers holding the stricken child after freeing him from the rubble. A crowd watches on as the youngster is transported to safety 

The workers had to remove the shattered breeze blocks that had buried him. He was the sole survivor of the collapse, the official SANA news agency reported.

Pictures taken at the scene show rescue workers comforting the stricken child as they worked hard to free him. 

While others show the level of devastation wrought by the building collapse, as shattered bricks lie in a heap on the ground.  

Saleheddin was heavily bombed before the army overran rebel districts with Russian support in late 2016.

Four children were among 11 people killed in the collapse in the formerly rebel-held Salaheddin district of Aleppo, where many buildings bear the scars of the ferocious 2012-16 battle for Syria's second city

Four children were among 11 people killed in the collapse in the formerly rebel-held Salaheddin district of Aleppo, where many buildings bear the scars of the ferocious 2012-16 battle for Syria's second city

Four children were among 11 people killed in the collapse in the formerly rebel-held Salaheddin district of Aleppo, where many buildings bear the scars of the ferocious 2012-16 battle for Syria’s second city

The five-storey block collapsed this morning, leaving a mound of brick and wire on the ground. Rescue workers are seen clambering over the rubble in a desperate search for survivors 

The five-storey block collapsed this morning, leaving a mound of brick and wire on the ground. Rescue workers are seen clambering over the rubble in a desperate search for survivors 

The five-storey block collapsed this morning, leaving a mound of brick and wire on the ground. Rescue workers are seen clambering over the rubble in a desperate search for survivors 

Saleheddin was heavily bombed before the army overran rebel districts with Russian support in late 2016. As a result many of the buildings have been weakened 

Saleheddin was heavily bombed before the army overran rebel districts with Russian support in late 2016. As a result many of the buildings have been weakened 

Saleheddin was heavily bombed before the army overran rebel districts with Russian support in late 2016. As a result many of the buildings have been weakened 

What little reconstruction there has been among the ruins has been carried out privately. The state has limited public works to the restoration of basic infrastructure.

Many of the buildings around the block that caved in still bear the scars of the ferocious four-year battle for the northern city, with several on the brink of collapse.

Washington has estimated the costs of rebuilding Syria’s devastated housing and infrastructure at between $300 billion and $400 billion.

But it warned last month that, while overthrowing President Bashar al-Assad was no longer a goal of US policy, it would contribute no reconstruction funds without fundamental reform in Damascus.

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