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“Absolutely not,” the father said.

Activists say some 35,000 people have been killed in Syria since an uprising against President Bashar Assad’s government began in March 2011.

Constantinou said the toddler was just happy to be in his mother’s arms again and calling out to his older brothers.

She said what drove her to make sure that the family was reunited was that she became emotionally involved.

“As a grandmother of a 2-year-old myself, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do to get that boy back to his parents,” she said.