NBC reports Daqneesh was the older brother of Omran Daqneesh, the five-year-old subject of a viral, heartbreaking photograph taken by Al Jazeera photojournalist Mahmoud Raslan that depicted a bloody and dusty Omran sitting inside an ambulance shortly after the airstrike. While his younger brother reportedly received only superficial injuries, Daqneesh died Saturday after sustaining fatal injuries from the Wednesday blast, which struck his family's home.
Doctors in Aleppo use code names for hospitals, which they say have been systematically targeted by government airstrikes. [Doctor Osama] Abu al-Ezz said they do that "because we are afraid security forces will infiltrate their medical network and target ambulances as they transfer patients from one hospital to another."
Daqneesh was initially pulled from the rubble alongside three other siblings and his parents, NBC also reported. Raslan told NBC that rescue workers and journalists flocked to the scene to help rescue children, where they "were passing [...] from one balcony to the other." The building collapsed shortly thereafter.
The BBC also reported on Saturday that Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim announced the country would play "a more active role" in bringing the Syrian war to a close. Turkey currently hosts about 2.7 million Syrian refugees and backs rebel groups that are fighting to oust Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad.
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake released a statement Friday condemning the violence in Aleppo, calling the 100,000 Syrian children who live in the city "trapped in [...] horror."
"They are all suffering things no child should suffer – or even see," Lake said. “And empathy is not enough. Outrage is not enough. Empathy and outrage must be matched by action."