Young Syrian swimmer Mireille Hindoyan and her 12 year-old brother have both died due to heavy shelling in the city of Aleppo.
Hindoyan, who was a university student and sportswoman, was seriously injured after bombs were dropped on the Villi district of the city on Friday. She later died.
Her brother, Arman Hindoyan, also perished in the attack.
A Facebook post by the Aleppo branch of the Armenian Youth Association confirmed Hindoyan’s death and offered condolences to her family. The post mentioned that Ms. Hindoyan was a “reliable and hard-working member of the sports committee”.
Although unconfirmed, there have been many claims the deaths were the result of a rebel-led attack.
Their mother was also in hospital with injuries after the attack. Two others died and at least seven more were injured.
Some social media posts suggest Hindoyan competed in national level competitions, though it is unconfirmed.
During the 2016 Rio Olympics ten refugee athletes were able to compete, including two Syrian athletes, both of whom were swimmers. Yusra Mardini competed in the women’s 100 free and fly while Rami Anis raced the same two events for the men.
Attacks have continued in Syria including an attack on the biggest hospital in Aleppo, as it was destroyed by multiple air strikes. The attack on the hospital comes amid a sustained assault by pro-Assad forces backed by Russian warplanes.
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