Teen Syrian photographer killed in Aleppo fighting
BEIRUT // A 17-year-old Syrian photographer who freelanced for the Reuters news agency was killed while covering fighting in Aleppo, according to activists.
Molhem Barakat died on Friday as he photographed a battle over a hospital between rebels and forces loyal to the 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.
Barakat had sent Reuters dozens of pictures since May this year. Many of those pictures appeared in publications around the world.
A total of 126 journalists and other media workers have died on the job this year, with Syria the most dangerous place to work for the second year in a row, according to the International News Safety Institute.
* Additional reporting by Reuters
Updated: December 23, 2013 04:00 AM