Heartwrenching video shows injured Syrian child crying for father in aftermath of air strike

The heartbreaking footage was captured in the rebel-held town of Talbisah the same night strikes killed two people in the area 

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An activist group has released moving footage of a little girl it says was caught in the aftermath of an air strike on a rebel held town in Syria.

Ayah, as she is identified, was filmed trying to look her father as rescue workers attempt to soothe her and wipe blood away from her forehead and nose after regime shelling of the town of Talbisah near Homs in the early hours of Monday. Her skin, hair and clothes are caked in dust and blood stains. 

She shouts “Baba” or 'Dad' multiple times, clearly distressed by being separated from her family. Rebel-run Talbisah News reported that the pair were reunited at a field hospital later in the evening.

Talbisah, which is home to 84,000 people, has been subjected to renewed Russian-backed bombing by the Syrian regime since an internationally brokered ceasefire collapsed three weeks ago. Four strikes overnight on Sunday into Monday killed at least two people, activists said, and left two dozen injured. 

In neighbouring Homs, once an opposition stronghold, the last rebel-held neighbourhood was evacuated last month, after fighters surrendered because of siege conditions and the complete collapse of medical infrastructure. 

Talbisah received aid supplies including children’s clothes, food and medical equipment in September, the first such delivery since July.  

President Bashar al-Assad has made good on a vow to wipe out all remaining “terrorists” in Syria since the seven-day Eid-al-Adha ceasefire broke down last month. 

If successful, the renewed air and ground assault on rebel-held east Aleppo, in the north of the country, would effectively decimate all US-backed rebel support in Syria’s major urban areas.