Footage of a child being beaten, purportedly by his kidnappers in Syria, has caused outrage as people on social media voiced their concern for the boy.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights posted the video on its website on Friday. It claimed Fawwaz Al Qutayfan, 8, was being hurt on camera to persuade his family to pay a ransom of about $150,000.
The child had been taken by masked men from his home town in Deraa, in Syria's south, in November.
On Twitter, a number of posts with the '#SaveFawazAlQatifan', highlighted his plight. Many shared the video.