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Molhem Barakat Dead: Syrian Photographer Killed While Covering Fighting In Aleppo

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ALEPPO, SYRIA - DECEMBER 20: A scene of the al-Sukari neighborhoods of Aleppo, Syria on December 20, 2013 following an airstrike of Syrian Air Forces. The strikes in several districts of Aleppo have killed a total of 17 people including children with barrel bombs. (Photo by Salih Mahmud Leyla/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) | Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

BEIRUT, Dec 21 (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 neighbouring 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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