Lebanese journalist shot dead in Syria clashes

Lebanese journalist shot dead in Syria clashes
Sun Mar 9, 2014 09:48:57

A Beirut-based satellite television channel has declared that one of its cameramen has been killed while covering the fighting in eastern Syria.

Omar Abdel Qader, who worked for al-Mayadeen station, was killed on Saturday in Deir al-Zour, the largest city in eastern Syria.

The privately-owned channel said Abdel Qader was killed on his 27th birthday while covering clashes between Syrian troops and foreign-backed militants in Deir al-Zour.

In a telephone interview, a Syrian army officer told the broadcaster that the cameraman died in hospital after he was "shot in the neck by a sniper from a distance."

Dozens of journalists have been killed in Syria since the deadly conflict began three years ago.

The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has described Syria as the most dangerous country in the world for journalists, blaming al-Qaeda-linked militants for kidnappings and murders of journalists, even in neighboring Iraq.

According to the Reporters Without Borders (RSF), over 130 news providers were killed in Syria from March 2011 to December 2013.

More than 130,000 people are said to have been killed and millions displaced in Syria since the country plunged into rampant violence in March 2011.

The Western powers and their regional allies -- namely Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – have reportedly been supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

A recent British defense study showed that about 100,000 militants, fragmented into 1,000 groups, are fighting in Syria against the government and people.


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