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Charity to set up hospital in name of Al Jazeera cameraman

Qatar Charity says hospital will be established in Benghazi in honour of man killed in Libyan uprising

Charity to set up hospital in name of Al Jazeera cameraman
Al Jazeera news channel

One of the largest charities in the Gulf region said on Sunday it was to establish a hospital in Libya in honour of an Al Jazeera cameraman who was killed while covering the conflict in the country.

Qatar Charity, a non-government organisation which aims to support the Qatari society and other needy communities abroad, announced it will build a hospital in Benghazi.

The hospital, which will be named after Al Jazeera's Ali Hassan Al Jaber, will cost QR30m, of which the charity will contribute QR5m.

The remaining funds will be found through donations, state news agency QNA said, citing the Arabic daily Al Watan.

The charity said it had adopted the project "in recognition of the achievements made by Al Jaber, as well as his efforts in the service of humanitarian work".

Ali Hassan Al Jaber was returning to Benghazi from a nearby town after filing a report from an opposition protest when unknown fighters opened fire on a car he and his colleagues were travelling in.

Two people including Al Jaber were shot. Al Jaber was rushed to hospital, but did not survive.

On its website, Qatar Charity said it is one of the largest charities in the Gulf, its activities covering more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Last week, the Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) announced a plan to name a charitable fund after the cameraman.

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