Published On: Tue, Oct 30th, 2012

Roger Abbas, Australian aid worker, killed in crossfire of Syrian violence

An Australian man has reportedly died in gunfire in Syria while working at a refugee camp.

Roger Abbas

Roger Abbas, age 23, from Melbourne died while doing aid work at a refugee camp near the Turkey and Syrian border, Fairfax Media reports.

The family was informed on Monday, but details are sketchy. The man was a kickboxer, but not there to engage in the protests, violence or fighting.

‘‘The [Abbas] family were well known in the community for helping out charities and doing what they could so I guess that’s why he decided to go. That’s just who they are. ‘But even if you’re in the camps, it’s still very hostile over there,” Islamic Society of Victoria vice president Baha Yehia said

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) is investigating the report but could not confirm the Australian’s death.

“We do not have a diplomatic mission or permanent diplomatic presence in Syria,” a spokesman said.

“The department’s travel advice for Syria has recommended since April 2011 that Australians do not travel to Syria due to the dangerous security situation.”

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