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A girl who was born under the rubble of a house in Jindairis, Syria, destroyed by an earthquake on February 6, has been handed over to her extended family. It was decided that she would bear the name of her tragically deceased mother, Reuters reported. Previously, she was called Aya – which means “miracle” in Arabic. “This little girl means so much to us because there is no one left of her family except her,” the newborn’s uncle told Reuters.

The baby girl was born buried in the rubble of a building in Jindajris, Aleppo province. A woman trapped in the ruins gave birth just after the first, strongest shock, but died before rescuers reached her. Neither did the father and siblings survive.

The video, showing a rescuer jumping down from a mountain of rubble carrying a tiny, dust-covered baby, went viral on social media, with thousands of people from the region and around the world applying to adopt the orphaned child. There were even fears of being kidnapped from a hospital in rebel-held territory.

A newborn baby pulled from the rubble. Thousands of people want to adopt the saved girl

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A baby was born under rubble in Syria. It has been savedAFP/East News

READ MORE: “She had bumps, bruises, she was cold and barely breathing.” She miraculously survived

The girl will be named after her late mother, previously nicknamed “Aya”, meaning “miracle”

Now the girl, identified as the daughter of Afra and Abdallah Mleihan, has been handed over to the family of her father’s sister. All legal requirements were met, and a DNA test was done, Hala and Khalil Al-Sawadi assured.

The baby was named Afraa after her late mother. Previously, the girl was called Aya – which means “miracle” in Arabic.

– This girl means so much to us because there is no one left of her family except her. She will be a memory for me, her aunt and all our relatives in her mother and father’s village,” Sawadi’s uncle told Reuters.

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

CNBC reported that the number of victims of the earthquake that hit the Turkish-Syrian border on February 6 approached 46,500 on Saturday. A total of at least 46,442 people died in both countries.

The epicenter of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit the southeast Turkey and north-west Syria, was located in the Turkish province of Kahramanmaras. Less than 12 hours later, a second 7.7-magnitude quake occurred several dozen kilometers to the north. Both phenomena were accompanied by a series of over 100 aftershocks.

The affected region of south-eastern Turkey and north-western Syria is seismically active and tremors are frequent. However, the latter is the most powerful cataclysm of this type in this region in recent times.

Strong earthquake in Turkey and SyriaPAP

Main photo source: AFP/East News



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