Young FC Barcelona fan killed in Syria, his photo goes viral

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The photo of a Syrian child wearing the jersey of FC Barcelona has gone viral on the social media, stirring widespread outrage online at the brutality of the Syrian regime’s army.

When Ahmad Othman, 14, was killed on May 2, his photo was published by #Tweet4SyrianChild, a Twitter campaign that highlights the suffering of Syrian children.

The photo soon went viral after the Spanish daily newspaper Sport, close the FC Barcelona, republished the picture. Thousands of Barcelona fans then began sharing and commenting on Othman’s photo.

Othman was killed along with his family after Bashar al-Assad's forces shelled the town of al-Baydah near Banyas last month.

Othman’s relatives said he used to wear Barcelona’s jersey every day and never missed a match by the Spanish club, his relatives said, according to Syrian opposition media. He even dreamed of becoming a famous footballer like Lionel Messi, one Facebook page belonging to the opposition said.

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