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Tuesday, 07 February 2012

DW: Syria: Mazhar Tayyara

AFP stringer Mazhar Tayyara was killed on 7 February 2012 in the besieged Syrian city of Homs – which had been under Syrian army shelling for days – according to news reports.

Tayyara, 23 or 24 years old according to different reports, provided video footage and information to AFP, the Guardian, Die Welt and had appeared on CNN and Al-Jazeera television news networks, AFP reported. He was reportedly known by the nicknames “Omar the Syrian” and “Omar Astalavistas,” according to AFP and die Tageszeitung, respectively.

The circumstances of Tayyara’s death vary in different reports. AFP quoted activists who said he died while helping people who were wounded in the shelling of Khaldiyeh neighbourhood. A report on the website of die Tageszeitung quoted others who said that Tayyara was killed when his home was hit by shelling, and cite yet another account that said Tayyara was hit while reporting.

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