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Posted: August 29, 2013

Emotional Syrian father and son video goes viral

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By Carissa Loethen

A touching reunion between a father and son has gone viral, and once you see it — it’s not difficult to understand why. (Via YouTube / hadi hdhod)

The unidentified father wearing a white T-shirt is clearly overwhelmed after reuniting with his toddler son he thought had been killed in the suspected chemical attacks in Damascus. (Via New York Daily News)

Herald Sun says a Syrian opposition activist released the emotional footage.

“This video was shot in Zamalka, a suburb of Damascus which activists allege was one of the three suburbs struck in the poison gas attack last week.”

The BBC says the crowd was shouting “Thank God!” and “God is great!” as the two reunited.

“Both the Syrian government and the opposition have accused each other of the attack. It comes as pressure mounts from the west for external intervention.” 

The video quickly went viral after being posted in a Washington Post article Tuesday.

And as of Wednesday afternoon, it had more than 1.6 million views on YouTube. (Via YouTube / hadi hdhod)

Reddit user who shared the video wrote, “I don't understand most of it, but you don’t need to know any language to see the power in this video.”

CNN reports some 7,000 children have lost their lives in Syria’s war.

See more at Newsy.com


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