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French photographer wounded in Syria dies

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-02-24

French freelance photojournalist Olivier Voisin has died from injuries sustained while covering the civil war in Syria, France's ministry of foreign affairs confirmed to FRANCE24 on Sunday.

French freelance photographer Olivier Voisin, who was seriously wounded in Syria last month, died of his injuries in Turkey, France’s ministry of foreign affairs confirmed on Sunday.

“Everything was done to try to save his life but he was in critical condition and could not be flown out,” a ministry spokesman told FRANCE24.

Voisin was injured by shrapnel from an exploding shell while covering the operations of an armed opposition group near Idlib in northern Syria at the end of January, Reporters Without Borders said in a statement Friday.

He suffered head and arm injuries, it said, and was taken yesterday to the International Hospital in the Turkish border city of Antakya, where he underwent an operation on his arm.

The 38-year-old photographer had published his work in major British newspapers, including The Guardian, and many French dailies and newsmagazines.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-02-24

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