Syria: Rescue worker cries with joy after digging for four hours to rescue baby girl caught in air strike

The White Helmets have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for their rescue work

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Footage has emerged of a Syrian rescue worker breaking down in tears after rescuing a child from the aftermath of an air strike in rebel-held Idlib city.

After digging for four hours, a member of the Syrian Civil Defence, volunteer first responders also known as the White Helmets, carries the girl from the rubble to a waiting ambulance.

The video shows the civilian volunteer clutching the girl to his chest as medics wipe the blood and dust from her face.

She is said to be as young as one month old.

In the video, she appears to cough and splutter as medics place a bandage on her head.

The volunteer then carries the girl into a hospital and takes her to a hospital bed.

In an interview after the emotive footage was taken, the first responder describes how the White Helmets were searching under the rubble for four hours before they found the baby.

He says he could hear her crying and couldn't believe she survived the ordeal.

The White Helmets have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for their life-saving work rescuing the victims of air strikes in Syrian war zones.

Other contenders include Greek islanders who have aided Syrian refugees.

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