Belfast Telegraph

Boy (16) from Republic dies fighting for Syrian rebels

By Cormac McQuinn

A teenager from the Republic has been killed fighting with rebels in Syria.

The 16-year-old is understood to have joined the rebel forces who have been fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad since early 2011 .

His family, who live in Navan, Co Meath were informed of his death by phone from Syria but are not aware of the circumstances in which he died .

The teen, Shamseddin Gaidan, originally from Libya, moved to Ireland with his family 12 years ago. He attended St Patrick’s Classical School in Navan where the principal is former Meath GAA star Colm O’Rourke .

He had returned to Libya for a holiday last year. His family became concerned when he didn’t arrive back to Dublin Airport in August as planned .

They later discovered that he had travelled to Syria with other Libyan volunteers .

They begged him to return to Ireland when he called them from the war-torn country .

According to reports, the teenager’s father runs a halal shop in Navan .

His death comes two months after 23-year-old Hudhaifa El Sayed – who spent much of his life in Drogheda, Co Louth – also died while fighting the Assad regime .

Mr El Sayed , who was originally from Egpyt, was educated in Ireland and worked in Dublin before travelling to Syria where he was killed in a gunfight .

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