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Ten-year-old Syrian Boy Ali Daqneesh Dies of his Wounds in Aleppo

In Aleppo and areas around it- 448 civilians were killed up to August 2016 as a result of fighting and air strikes said the Observatory

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Five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, with bloodied face, sits inside an ambulance after he was rescued following an airstrike in the rebel-held al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mahmoud Rslan

BEIRUT, August 21, 2016: The brother of a wounded Syrian boy who gained international attention has died, say the Opposition activists.

On Sunday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a witness who was present at the time of the death along with the boys’ father confirmed that Ali Daqneesh, 10, died the day before, from wounds sustained in the same airstrike on a rebel-held neighbourhood in Aleppo.

Doctors who were attending him told the witness that the boy had internal bleeding and organ damage. Further, the spokesman for the local council of Aleppo, Besher Hawi said, “he was martyred while in the hospital as a result of the same bombardment that their house was subjected to.”

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The Halab Today opposition TV station posted a photo of Ali, 10, in a hospital with a tube coming out of his mouth, saying he later died from his wounds, mentioned the AP report.

Bombed out vehicles Aleppo. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Bombed out vehicles Aleppo. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

His 5-year-old brother was also wounded in the Wednesday airstrike, that hit their house in Aleppo. The video and pictures were hugely circulated in the media and the public was asked to refocus their opinion on the war-torn Syria- the five-year-old civil war and the plight of the civilians, particularly in Aleppo.

Russian and Syrian warplanes have intensified their air strikes on the rebel-held east of the city since insurgents made an advance last month, in July, breaking an effective siege, said Reuters.

In Aleppo and areas around it- 448 civilians were killed up to August 2016 as a result of fighting and air strikes said the Observatory

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Rebels, supported by US- Turkey and Gulf Arab nations, have been fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad since 2011. Bashar is supported by Russia and Iran and due to this Russia began air strikes in September 2015.

According to the Reuters report, the World Food Programme on Friday described the situation in besieged areas as “nightmarish” among growing international concern over the humanitarian cost of the war in Syria.

– prepared by NewsGram Team with inputs from various sources

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Hundreds of Kenyans Join International Protests to Demand Political Leaders Do More to Combat Climate Change

Hundreds of Kenyans joined international protests Friday to demand political leaders do more to combat climate change

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Kenyan protesters, predominantly young people, march demanding their government take immediate action against climate change, in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 20, 2019. (M. Yusuf/VOA) VOA

Hundreds of Kenyans joined international protests Friday to demand political leaders do more to combat climate change.

Dressed in red, black and white T-shirts bearing messages about global warming, protesters marched in the streets of Nairobi to express their fears and call for government actions they think are needed.

Twenty-two-year-old Benson Gitutu, one of the protesters, said the government and citizens must be reminded of what they are doing to the environment.

“Our climate is deteriorating day by day just because of the actions of our government and the actions of the people. And that’s why we are trying to make people aware of what they do is not good,” he said.

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Kenyan protesters display trash to demonstrate how Kenyans pollute the environment, during a protest against climate change, in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 20, 2019. (M. Yusuf/VOA) VOA

Gitutu said he is concerned about a proposed coal plant in Lamu County.

“We [are] hoping to see a positive change, like the government itself will stop the coal plant that is being set in Lamu, of which we know, all of us, it is not good,” Gitutu said.

Kenyan officials insist the proposed $2 billion plant will help meet the country’s growing demand for electric power.

But in June a Kenyan court halted the construction of the plant, saying the bidding process, won by a Chinese company, was irregular and lacked public participation.

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Another protester, 20-year-old Mary Mukuhe, hopes her presence in the street will compel the government work to improve the environment.

“We will help the government know that, as youth, we are seeing changes in the environment and we want them to know that we want them to be part of the changes we want,” Mukuhe said.

In recent years, African countries have witnessed unsteady weather patterns that have harmed farm output.  Kenya in particular has grappled with repeated droughts.

Amnesty International was one of the organizers of the protest.  The director of Amnesty’s Kenya branch, Irungu Houghton, said the Kenyan government has to do more to protect the environment and its population.

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Kenyan protesters join activists around the world calling on their political leaders to take action against climate change, in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 20, 2019. (M. Yusuf/VOA) VOA

“I think there are three things that we must do.  We have to conserve our water sources, we need to make sure we don’t waste public financing, and corruption around the two dams that had now to be stopped.  These are all consequences of bad governance. We also need to ensure that we conserve our forest. Water towers of this country about five or six water towers they are critical to the lives of 50 million people. We have to protect them.”

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Protesters believe they conveyed the message, and hope government institutions will come up with ways to protect the environment and keep Kenya a habitable place for everyone. (VOA)