This is the harrowing moment a baby was rescued from the remains of a collapsed building in Syria – just minutes after the girl was born under the rubble.
Footage shows the miracle baby being carried to safety in the arms of a rescuer in Jenderes, in a northeastern region devastated by yesterday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake.
But while the little girl survived the ordeal, her mother is thought to have tragically died after giving birth.
According to local media, the pregnant mother – displaced from Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor region – went into labour during the quake which has so far killed more than 5,000 across Turkey and Syria.
Video captures the moment one of a number of rescuers ran from the devastated building, carrying the tiny infant to safety across a mass of twisted metal, broken concrete and barbed wire.
This is the harrowing moment a newborn baby was rescued from the remains of a collapsed building in Syria – minutes after the girl was born under the rubble
Footage shows the miracle baby, just minutes old, being carried to safety in the arms of a rescuer in Jenderes, in a northeast Syrian region devastated by yesterday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake
Another man sprints after him with a dusty green blanket which he then throws to the baby’s rescuer to keep the newborn alive and warm.
A crowd watched on as they witnessed both a miracle and a tragedy unfolding in front of them.
While the baby is now being looked after, the rest of her family is understood to have perished in the earthquake.
According to the comments on the video, it was filmed in a rural areas near the city of Aleppo, which was severely affected by the earthquake that struck both Syria and Turkey on Monday, with a magnitude of 7.8.
More than 700 people in opposition-controlled Syria and 538 in government-held areas of Syria have died, reports Sky.
Another earthquake rocked Turkey early on Tuesday morning after two others devastated the country and its neighbour Syria a day earlier, killing more than 5,000 people and trapping scores more under the rubble of collapsed buildings.
The 5.8-magnitude quake struck at a depth of 1.2 miles in central Turkey, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said, as rescue efforts continued and as the death toll in Turkey alone rose past 3,400.
A winter storm has been hampering those working desperately to free people from the rubble of destroyed buildings, with the freezing temperatures making the need to reach trapped survivors even more urgent.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday that the death toll could hit 20,000, and on Tuesday said 23 million people – including 1.4 million children – could be affected.
Syria’s humanitarian needs where the highest of all, the WHO noted.
Video captures the moment one of a number of rescuers ran from the devastated building, carrying the tiny infant to safety across a mass of twisted metal, broken concrete and barbed wire
The baby is thought it be alive and healthy after the men scrambled to rescue the newborn from under concrete, glass and barbed wire
In the badly hit Turkish city of Hatay, residents helplessly called out as the screams and shouts of those freezing under the rubble filled the air. Desperate to reach them in time, rescuers have been digging with their bare hands.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands have been left homeless and sleeping in their cars or searching for temporary accommodation after thousands of buildings were brought down on both sides of the border, pouring misery on an area already plagued by war, insurgency, refugee crises and a recent cholera outbreak.
There have been on-the-ground reports of residents looting supermarkets after being left without food or shelter, while patients at a Turkish government hospital were left to die by fleeing medical staff, according to Sky News.
Even those whose homes were not destroyed in the quake face an uncertain future, with many buildings potentially being rendered uninhabitable.
Residents who return to their homes are risking their lives as aftershocks continue to shake the foundations.
A third earthquake hit Turkey early Tuesday morning after two others devastated the country and its neighbour Syria a day earlier, killing at least 5,000 people and trapping scores more under the rubble of collapsed buildings. Pictured: Baby Ayse Vera and her mother (not seen) are rescued under the rubble of a collapsed building in Hatay, Turkey on Tuesday morning, more than 24 hours after the first earthquake hit
Pictured: An apocalyptic scene in Iskenderun, Turkey, on Monday after the country and its neighbour Syria were left devastated by a series of earthquakes
Pictured: A collapsed building in Malatya, Turkey, is covered in snow as rescue workers carry out search and rescue efforts on the roof. A winter storm causing freezing temperatures – which dropped to -5C overnight in some areas – has been hampering those working desperately to free people from the rubble of destroyed buildings
According to Professor Carlo Doglioni, an Italian seismology expert, the Arabian plate shifted three meters during the quake.
The US Geological Survey said Monday’s first 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck at 4:17 am (0117 GMT) at a depth of about 11 miles.
The initial earthquake was so powerful it was felt as far away as Greenland and was followed by a series of more than 200 aftershocks, including a 7.5-magnitude tremor that struck in the middle of search and rescue work on Monday.
Another quake of 5.6-magnitude struck central Turkey on Tuesday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said. While it was not as powerful as the two on Monday, it was recorded at a depth of 1.2 miles. Shallower quakes cause more damage, although it was initially unclear how much damage it caused.
As of 9am GMT, the death toll in Syria stood at 1,602, according to the Syrian government and the White Helmets rescue service in the insurgent-held northwest.
In Turkey, the death toll climbed to 3,419 people, vice president Fuat Oktay said on Tuesday morning, with another 20,534 people injured. That brought the number of people killed in total to 5,102.