BEIRUT — A Canadian freelance photographer was killed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday, his sister and activists said, the latest journalist to die covering a brutal war that has become the deadliest place in the world for them to operate.
Ali Moustafa and seven others died when government aircraft dropped crude bombs and one exploded where Moustafa was standing with firefighters in the rebel-held Hadariyeh area of Aleppo, said an activist who identified himself as Abu al-Hassan Marea.
Justina Rosa Botelho, the sister of the slain journalist, confirmed her 29-year-old brother’s death after activists sent her a photograph of his corpse. Moustafa was born in Toronto, the son of Pakistani and Portuguese immigrant parents.
‘‘He just wanted the world to know about human rights and all the horrible things going on down there,’’ Botelho said. ‘‘He was passionate for the world to know.’’
Syria is the world’s most dangerous conflict for reporters. Since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011, more than 63 journalists have been killed by both forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebels seeking his overthrow, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.