Syrian photographer killed in Aleppo

BEIRUT Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:49pm EST

1 of 2. Syrian activist and photographer Molhem Barakat poses at an undisclosed location in this recent picture taken in November 2013. Barakat died on December 20, 2013, as he took photographs of a battle over Kindi Hospital in Aleppo, between rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Syrian photographer who took pictures for Reuters on a freelance basis has been killed while covering fighting in Aleppo, activists said.

Molhem Barakat died on Friday as he took photographs of a battle over a hospital between rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Rebels had accused government forces of turning the Kindi Hospital into a barracks.

As well as covering the conflict, Barakat took pictures showing the life of ordinary Syrians in the divided city, which used to be Syria's commercial hub.

The civil war in Syria has claimed the lives of well over 100,000 people since 2011 and driven millions into neighboring countries.

Barakat had sent Reuters dozens of pictures since May this year. Many of those pictures appeared in publications around the world.

(Editing by Matthew Tostevin)

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Comments (5)
corb450 wrote:
terrible tragedy.. his pictures were harrowing and vital, shining a light on a part of the world most of us don’t care to acknowledge.

Dec 21, 2013 7:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bingl wrote:
My heart hurts for this young photographer, who was killed in a terrible war.

Why do you write rebels?
You should write terrorists from Al Qaeda, Jihad.
You should write that terrorists come from around the world.

Dec 22, 2013 9:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
bingl wrote:
My heart hurts for this young photographer, who was killed in a terrible war.

Why do you write rebels?
You should write terrorists from Al Qaeda, Jihad.
You should write that terrorists come from around the world.

Dec 22, 2013 9:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
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