12/21/2013 10:09 am ET Updated Feb 20, 2014

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

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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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