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Navan teenager killed in Syria after joining rebels

Shamseddin Gaidan, 16, is believed to have joined the rebels after returning to his native Libya last summer.

A Syrian immigrant holds a crossed out depiction of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a rally against his regime in late 2011.
A Syrian immigrant holds a crossed out depiction of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a rally against his regime in late 2011.
Image: Darko Vojinovic/AP/Press Association Images

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy, whose family moved from Libya to Co Meath in 2001, has been killed in Syria.

Shamseddin Gaidan left Navan last summer, travelling to his native Libya for holidays. He failed to return, however.

It is now believed that he chose instead to fight on the behalf of rebel forces in Syria.

According to The Irish Times, Gaidan joined up with one of his cousins who is also believed to have been killed.

A spokesperson from the Department of Foreign Affairs told TheJournal.ie that they had not been contacted as of yet in relation to the death.

Late last year, Hudhaifa ElSayed was also killed in Syria, having also left Ireland to join the rebels.

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