A Syrian photographer who worked for Agence France Press died on the weekend in the bombardment of the eastern town of Deir al Zur, the Syrian National Coalition, the country's main opposition alliance, said.

In a communique, the Coalition said that journalist Morhaf al Modahi, known as Abu Shuga, was killed while on assignment in Deir al Zur.

According to the Coalition, Al Modahi began photographing the first demonstrations in that city and continued documenting events there amid the violence.

Meanwhile, AFP confirmed the death of the photographer and cited one of his companions who said that Al Modahi died in fighting between opposition forces and troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

The organization Reporters Without Borders on several occasions expressed its concern regarding the fate of local and foreign journalists covering the war in Syria given that "the different protagonists" in the conflict target them specifically and use them as a type of currency.

Since the conflict broke out in March 2011, at least 24 journalists and 60 "citizen-journalists" have been killed in Syria by the forces of the Assad regime or by opposition militants, Reporters Without Borders said last July. EFE