Child survivor of Idlib bombing in Syria: 'May Allah kill Assad and Russia'

13 February 2020, 20:30 | Updated: 14 February 2020, 09:56

A boy who was showered with concrete during an airstrike in the Syrian city of Idlib has told Sky News he hopes that Allah kills "Assad and Russia".

Wajih Al Asali was at a car repair shop when it was bombed and is now a mass of bandages, his swollen fingers filthy with dirt and blood and his breath rasping.

The airstrike filled one of Idlib's main squares with flaming wreckage. Seven children were killed.

Hundreds of thousands of displaced people are in the firing line after large numbers fled to Idlib - a city and province in Syria's northwest close to the Turkish border.

Wajih's father is a rebel fighter - but it is his son who is paying for his refusal to support the Syrian regime.

The 11-year-old told us: "We were sitting in the repair shop. They want to hit us. May Allah kill Bashar (al Assad) - Bashar and Russia."

Another child pulled from the rubble is seven-year-old Rinad Zaidan. She was playing with her younger brother Mohammed when the building they were in was hit.

Our cameraman tracked her down to a safe house near the Turkish border. Now reunited with the rest of the family, a bandage wrapped around her head, she described the moments of chaos as she was rescued.

"The civil defence (White Helmets) took us to the hospital," she said. "They took out shrapnel from my brother's cheek and head.

"Then they took out shrapnel from my neck and head. Then they took me to another hospital and took out more shrapnel."

Rinad and her family had fled their home in Saraqib just three days earlier. Her school had been shut as the bombardment intensified.

She told us she wants to go back to school to learn and study.

"I want to be a doctor," she told us. "I want to treat children."