Photographer killed covering Syrian civil war

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 Assad. He had been taking pictures for Reuters on a freelance basis since May this year. Picture taken in November 2013. REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST OBITUARY CONFLICT HEADSHOT MEDIA)

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Syrian activist and photographer Molhem Barakat poses at an undisclosed location in this recent picture taken in November 2013.

BEIRUT – 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.

A Free Syrian Army fighter points his weapon as he tries to locate forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Ramouseh area of Aleppo, in this file picture taken by Molhem Barakat on September 4, 2013.

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A Free Syrian Army fighter points his weapon as he tries to locate forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the Ramouseh area of Aleppo, in this file picture taken by Molhem Barakat on September 4, 2013.

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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.

A member of the Liwaa al-Sultan Mrad brigade, operating under the Free Syrian Army, holds his weapon as he sits on a chair along a street in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha district, in this file picture taken by Molhem Barakat on Thursday.

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A member of the Liwaa al-Sultan Mrad brigade, operating under the Free Syrian Army, holds his weapon as he sits on a chair along a street in Aleppo’s Bustan al-Basha district, in this file picture taken by Molhem Barakat on Thursday.

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

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Barakat takes a picture of a Free Syrian Army fighter who takes up a position in Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood.

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Barakat takes a picture of a Free Syrian Army fighter who takes up a position in Aleppo’s Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood.

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


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