Five-year-old, Rayan Awram, from the village of Ighrane in Morocco who was trapped for four days in a deep well, and whose plight captivated residents of the north African kingdom, has passed away.
The boy fell 32 metres (100ft) down the empty shaft in his home village of Ighrane on Tuesday afternoon. Since then, every detail of the complex and dangerous mission to reach him has garnered international headlines and an outpouring of sympathy online, with the Arabic version of the hashtag #SaveRayan going viral.
The shaft, just 45cm (18 inches) wide, was too narrow for rescuers to reach Rayan, and widening it was considered too risky. Instead, large diggers were deployed to carve a slope in the hope of reaching the boy from the side.