Photo of drowned Syrian child among images that shook the world

A young migrant, who drowned in a failed attempt to sail to the Greek island of Kos, lies on the shore in the Turkish coastal town of Bodrum, Turkey, September 2, 2015. (Reuters)

A recent photo of a drowned Syrian boy washed ashore on a Turkish beach has left the world outraged over the past 24 hours.

The pictures show the body of a lifeless toddler in a red T-shirt, blue pants and tiny shoes lying face down on the beach after a failed attempt to sail with his family to the Greek island of Kos. The image has sparked debate on how Europe's refugee crisis is being dealt with.

And because they “speak a thousand words,” Al Arabiya News brings you a set of other pictures that shook the world in modern history:

The Palestinian Mohammad al-Dura

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A pictured that captured the moment at which Mohammad al-Dura was shot dead by Israeli forces as he crouched behind his father shook the world back in September 2000.

The 12-year-old was killed in crossfire between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian security forces during widespread rioting in the Gaza Strip. The footage, which is about a minute-long, showed the boy crying behind his father, Jamal, who himself sought cover behind a concrete cylinder.

The shooting of Mohammad was filmed by a freelance Palestinian cameraman for France 2 TV. Dura soon became the most powerful symbol of the Palestinian struggle.

Israeli forces initially admitted they had killed the Palestinian boy.

Vulture stalking Sudanese toddler

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A picture showing a Sudanese child being stalked by a vulture waiting to prey upon her was a heart-breaking scene that shook the world.

The image was taken by South African photographer Kevin Carter during a trip to southern Sudan. It was sold to the New York Times and published on March 1993, stirring mixed reactions.

The girl in the photograph was not killed by the vulture but her fate was unknown, the newspaper said at the time. Critics argued that Carter was supposed to help the child. Despite receiving a Pulitzer Prize for his iconic photo, Carter committed suicide months later.

Tunisia’s Mohammed Bouazizi

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Mohammed Bouazizi, a Tunisian vegetable seller who became an icon of protests that swept the Arab world after setting himself ablaze in a reflection of frustration in January 2011.

Bouazizi had his cart confiscated by a policewoman in the town of Sidi Bouzid, who it is claimed slapped him and spat in his face. His act of self-immolation sparked public anger in Tunisia which led to the ouster of long-time President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Bouazizi’s death echoed across the Arab world, igniting protests that changed the political course in countries such as Egypt, Syria, Yemen and Libya.

The Chinese ‘Tank Man’

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The photo showing a Chinese student standing still in defiance to a column of tanks near the Tiananmen Square became an icon of people struggle for freedom.

The image was shot during the bloody events of June 1989 that saw China’s People's Liberation Army brutal crackdown on protesters fighting government corruption and freedom of speech.
 

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