In the wake of the horrible events that took place in Manchester, England, on Monday night, stories of heroism emerged.
From taxi drivers shuttling concert attendees away from the scene for free to hotels opening their doors to children who became separated from their parents, the citizens of Manchester were quick to aid one another in a time of need.
The same was true of both first responders and medical professionals like Dr. Mounir Hakimi, a British-born surgeon who has noticed a dire similarity in the wounds he's seen from that terrible night and the victims that he's treated from the ongoing Syrian civil war.
As Hakimi, who regularly returns to the war-torn country with his Syria Relief charity to treat victims, told NBC News:
"I never expected that I would be treating patients who have the same injuries that I saw in Syria.
I never thought I would experience a terror attack so close to my house. I never thought it would be close to my family and my kids."
Hakimi told Middle East Eye that, in his operations to heal the Manchester victims, he's seen that the similarities of the wounds are striking — going so far as to say that he's “treated exactly the same wound in Syria.”
In particular, he says it's the injuries caused by blast damage that stand out, telling the Guardian:
"When I go to Syria we get these blast injuries, but at a much higher scale. I've treated patients who have lost limbs and more severe injuries.
I also see people with injuries similar to one I am operating on [this morning]. Missiles fired in Syria involve lots of shrapnel in them, nails and debris, but in Syria on a much higher scale."
Authorities have said that they believe that the Manchester attack was the result of “the likely use of an improvised explosive device (IED) filled with nails, ball bearings, or other metal.”
For Hakimi and his colleagues, though, it's the young age of Monday night's victims that have taken the heaviest toll, saying simply that “innocent children shouldn't be paying the price of terrorism.”