- Middle East/North Africa
Twenty-three year-old Hozayfa Abdel Basset Hamed died on Wednesday while fighting with the Free Syrian Army in Daraa. Originally from the city of Talkha in the Daqahliya governoate, Hamed joined the ranks of rebel forces in Syria several months ago.
His family said he was buried in Daraa.
Hamed had lived with his family in Ireland for 10 years before joining the Free Syrian Army, said his friend Abdel Rahman al-Badrawy.
“We learned about his martyrdom through sites on the Internet,” Badrawy added.
According to press reports Egyptians have been increasingly joining in the fight against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for the past year, but there are no accurate figures indicating how many.
The Syrian authorities have killed and arrested a number of Egyptians illegally infiltrating Syria over the past few months.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm