AFP Syrian freelancer seriously wounded in Aleppo

Rebel forces from Jaysh al-Islam hold a position on August 24, 2015 near the frontline in the al-Zahra area, on the northwestern outskirts of Aleppo, where opposition fighters have been battling Syrian pro-government forcesA Syrian freelancer who regularly contributes to AFP’s photo and video coverage of his country’s civil war was seriously wounded Tuesday during clashes between rebels and government troops in Aleppo province, colleagues said. Zein al-Rifai, 28, was hit in the face and legs by shrapnel from what was thought to be a tank shell as he covered fighting north of Aleppo city, said colleagues from the Aleppo Media Centre, of which he is a co-founder. “His important and courageous work in Aleppo has helped to convey the scale of the human suffering in the Syrian conflict to AFP subscribers around the world,” said Leridon.

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