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Syrian toddler believed dead reunited with parents

Syrian toddler believed dead reunited with parents

October 27th, 2012 in News

Bushr Al Tawashi is carried by his mothe,r Arin Al Dakkar, outside of a TV station Friday in Nicosia, Cyprus. A 2-year-old Syrian boy, who was believed dead after his family inadvertently left him behind as they fled shelling in Damascus last summer, has been reunited with his parents in Cyprus, a lawyer said.

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - No one knows how long little Bushr Al Tawashi wandered alone in the rubble of his home in the Syrian capital before rebel fighters found the toddler and handed him over to another family to look after.

Now, the 2-year-old is back with his parents - who believed he had been killed.

In their chaotic haste to escape fighting between government troops and Syrian rebels, Bushr's parents had assumed the boy was picked up by other members of their extended family who were staying with them when clashes broke out last summer in the Damascus suburb of Al Kaboun.

Heavy fighting prevented the parents from going back to search for Bushr once they arrived at a refugee camp and realized he was missing, said Stella Constantinou, a Cypriot lawyer.