Saturday 23 November 2019

Teen killed in Syria is remembered

MEATH teenager Shamseddin Gaidan, who had spent the past year fighting with rebel forces in Syria, has been killed in a clash with Syrian government forces.

The 16-year-old is believed to have joined a rebel group while on a visit to Libya last year and travelled to Syria with a cousin and other members of a Libyan group, including men who had been living in Ireland.

Shamseddin was recalled in a service at St Patrick's Classical School, which he attended in Navan, where his father, Ibrahim, runs a butcher's shop.

Shamseddin is the second Irish resident to be killed in the war in Syria. Egyptian-born Hudhaifa El Sayed, 22, from Drogheda, was killed in fighting in December.

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