4-Year-Old Girl Found a Silver Ball; It Was a Bomb

Iman, 4, died of her injuries after finding a cluster bomb in the streets of Aleppo
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2016 10:11 AM CDT
4-Year-Old Girl Found a Silver Ball; It Was a Bomb
Civil Defense workers carry a body from the rubble of a house in Aleppo on Tuesday.   (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

Children in war zones are still wont to play, and when 4-year-old Iman spotted what she thought was a silver ball, she picked it up—only to become the latest victim in the savage civil war raging in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo. The "ball" was a cluster bomb and its explosion wracked Iman's tiny body, CNN reports. ITN video footage shows Iman lying in a hospital bed on Sunday tethered to machines. She died on Tuesday. "I thought that she was going to live," Baraa Omar, a nurse who treated her, told ABC News. "I was very shocked. I didn’t know what to do. It was a very difficult day."

Iman was playing with her two sisters when she found the bomb. The two older girls were wounded in the blast. Their family had recently moved to the al-Zebdieh district of Aleppo after their house was bombed, Omar said. “And now this happened to them." More than 100 countries have signed a treaty to ban cluster bombs, which are packed with smaller bomblets, yet they have been used by Syrian and Russian forces since a ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia came to an end on Sept. 19, reports ABC. "The rules of war are just not being abided by," a doctor told ITN. (Syrian doctors have called on President Obama to stop attacks on hospitals there.)

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