A six-year-old lad died in a freak accident when he was playing on top of a heap of discarded concrete poles and got crushed between them when he slipped.
The tragedy happened on a plot of land in front of his family home in Basiskele, Kocaeli Province, Turkey, after school on 20th December.
Local media reported that the concrete electricity poles – seen in these images – had been sitting piled up on the plot for two years.
Syrian boy Yusuf Khalaf had been playing on top of the heap when one of the concrete poles started rolling.
He lost his balance, fell into a gap, and was squashed between two poles.
Locals who saw the horror unfold called emergency services, and rescuers arrived on the scene.
Firefighters pulled little Yusuf from out of the narrow gap, but paramedics were only able to confirm his death.
A harrowing image shows a fireman standing just feet from his crushed body.
Yusuf’s devastated dad told local media he had complained to officials several times about the dangerous junk, given there were always children playing in the area.
He told local media: “We called many times, no one was interested.”
He added: “If my child had known it was dangerous, he would not have entered there.
“If it were safe, if there were wire around the poles, my child would still be with me now.”
Yusuf was buried in Basiskele following a post-mortem examination.
His dad said: “It hurts a lot. Our six-year-old son is gone.”
Authorities are investigating the case.