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  • 11 August 2014, 20:31

Toddler 'Pulled From Bomb Rubble In Syria'

Video has emerged of an injured toddler being pulled from rubble - apparently after President Bashar al Assad's forces flattened homes in northern Syria.

At least 10 people, including four children, were killed when explosives-filled barrels were dropped from helicopters in the Bab al Nairab district of Aleppo.

Many others were buried under rubble as houses were demolished, activists said.

Amateur footage, which cannot be independently verified by Sky News, shows rescuers saving an injured boy.

The youngster is covered in dust and crying as he is pulled to safety.

A voice on the video says: "Rescuing baby from under rubble in Bab al Nairab, God is the greatest."

The airstrikes on Aleppo come after the Assad regime took strategic ground around the city last month.

Elsewhere in Syria, Islamic State fighters continue to make rapid gains against pro-Assad forces and tribal fighters following their capture of northern Iraq's largest city Mosul on Sunday.

IS - also known as ISIS or ISIL - now controls roughly a third of Syria - mostly rural areas in the north and east.

In one of its most recent victories, it reportedly crushed a pocket of resistance in the eastern Deir al Zor province, crucifying two people and beheading 23 others.

All were from the 70,000-strong al Sheitaat tribe.

"No one will now dare from the other tribes to move against Islamic State after the defeat of the al Sheitaat," said Ahmad Ziyada al Qaissi, an IS sympathiser contacted by Skype.

The conflict between IS and the al Sheitaat tribe flared after IS seized two oil fields in July.

One of those, al Omar, is the biggest oil and gas field in Deir al Zor and has been a lucrative source of funds for rebel groups.

Sheikh Rafaa Aakla al Raju, head of the al Sheitaat tribe, called in a video message for other tribes to join the fight against IS.

More than 170,000 people are estimated to have died in Syria's civil war, which began in March 2011.