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Landmine kills Syrian photographer Kamel Abu Al-Walid in northwestern Syria
March 21, 2018
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

Kamel Abu Al-Walid, a photographer for the Turkish-backed pro-opposition Jarabulus Media Office, died from injuries sustained in a March 19, 2018 landmine explosion in the northern Syrian city of Afrin, according to his employer, the Syrian Journalist Association, and the Syrian Network for Human Rights.

Al-Walid was covering the takeover of Afrin by Turkish forces and Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions when a landmine planted in an office building exploded next to him, according to Murat Mahli, the Jarabulus Media Office director, who spoke with eyewitnesses. Mahli told CPJ that al-Walid died at the scene.

Mahli said that Al-Walid had worked as a photographer for the Jarabulus Media Center since August 2016 when the center was established. The journalist primarily covered the humanitarian effects of the war on northern Syria. Prior to working as a photojournalist, al-Walid was a member of the Free SyrianArmy, according to Mahli and pictures on al-Walid's Facebook account.