A rescue official pulls the girl out alive. AFP
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Normally, the White Helmets, a band of volunteers known officially as Syria Civil Defence, often help in saving people trapped under the debris of bombed-out buildings in Syria. However, this time they had an entirely different kind of mission.
A four-year-old girl, Sumaya, had fallen into a dry well on the outskirts of the northern Syrian town of Al-Bab in Aleppo. A video showed them getting down to action in and around the well.
Sumaya had reportedly been playing with her cousin near the well when she fell and the boy was unable to save her on his own. The rescue team took two hours to bring her to safety.
Interestingly, she was reportedly crying for her doll as she was being rescued.
The White Helmets was established as a rescue service in rebel-held areas of Syria.
“The White Helmets volunteers have witnessed the unthinkable massacres of innocent people, dead children, the victims of chemical weapons attacks,” said its spokeswoman Mirren Gidda.
However, sometimes, their mission takes an unexpected twist, as happened in Sumaya's case.
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The clip showed a heartbreaking scene, where the father shrouded his child in his clothes, and threw him into the sea, while dozens of illegal immigrants, including children, were on the boat reciting verses from the Holy Quran.
Refugees in Turkey headed towards European frontiers on Friday after an official declared that borders had been thrown open, a response to the escalating war in Syria where 33 Turkish soldiers were killed by Russian-backed Syrian government troops.
The disaster struck the northeastern coastal town of Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas state, with a Red Cross rescuer telling local media that 80 people had been in attendance at the Santa Cruz parish when the roof caved in.
The victim stated that he arrived at the place for dinner and as soon as he finished, he went to the water closet to wash and left his belongings on the table.
The blaze ripped through the multistory police headquarters in the Suez Canal province of Ismailia, according to Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar, a spokesperson for the Health Ministry.
Two attackers detonated a bomb near government buildings in Turkey's capital on Sunday morning. Both attackers were killed and two police officers were wounded. The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.