The Syria photographer who put down his camera to save lives

"The scene was frightful - especially seeing children wailing and dying in front of you", Habak told CNN.

In a second image, Mr Habak is seen kneeling next to the corpse of a dead child, sobbing and unable to take in what he is witnessing.

The injured boy, who was around seven-years-old, was left with paramedics but Habak does not know whether he survived his injuries.

Habak, who was dazed by the noise, did not fear for his life and rushed right in to try and rescue the children.

This tragic incident was a flawless opportunity for Habak to do his job - take pictures and send them for publication.

According to a report by CNN, in the aftermath of a bomb attack on buses killing reportedly 126 people, photographer and activist Abd Alkader Habak left his camera to rescue numerous children - some of their bodies charred even - who had got injured.

Distressing images of a man carrying an injured child away from a burning vehicle and another of him weeping next to a boy's body have emerged from a bombing of a bus convoy that targeted Syrian civilians over the weekend.

"This child was firmly holding my hand and looking at me", CNN quoted Abd Alkader Habak.

"He was bleeding. So I ran towards him". He tried to spot a point of safety, and his camera was still on, recording the horror of the war in Syria.

"So I decided along with my colleagues that we'd put our cameras aside and start rescuing injured people", Habak told CNN. The attack took rebel-held Rashidin, west of Aleppo in Syria. He said it was to ensure accountability. But then there are people who make all the difference with their deeds of courage while helping others at the risk of their own lives.

He was attempting to save a number of children following the blast when he fell to the ground and cried.

At least 126 people died in the attack, among them 68 children.

"I was overcome with emotion", said Habak.

One of his colleagues witnessed the entire scene and captured the unique moments.

Vanessa Coleman

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