Middle East

Sniper kills Al-Jazeera reporter in Syria

Al-Jazeera is reporting one of its reporters, Mohammed Hourani, has been shot dead by a sniper in the southern Syrian province of Daraa.

A sniper has shot dead Al-Jazeera reporter Mohammed Hourani in the southern Syrian province of Daraa, the Qatar-based satellite television network says.

"Mohammed Hourani was shot dead by a regime sniper in Basr al-Harir in the province of Daraa, while he was covering the clashes there," the pan-Arab news channel said on Friday.

Before joining Al-Jazeera, the Arab world's most widely viewed news channel, Hourani was an activist in the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, the broadcaster said.

He was the second reporter to be killed by snipers in 24 hours in strife-torn Syria.

On Thursday, French journalist Yves Debay was shot dead in the northern city of Aleppo, watchdog the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

According to an AFP count and the Paris-based rights group Reporters Without Borders, at least 20 professional journalists have been killed in Syria's 22-month conflict, alongside many civilians who have filmed or otherwise recorded the violence for the outside world.

The killings take the death toll of reporters who have died in Syria to at least 20, according to a count by AFP and Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders.

He is a list of some who have died in the conflict:

2011


- Shukri Ahmed Ratib Abu Burghul (Syria):

Damascus radio reporter shot on December 30 by gunmen when leaving his home dies in hospital on January 2, 2012.

2012

- Gilles Jacquier (France):

A reporter with the state-owned French television broadcaster, Jacquier is killed on January 11, when a shell explodes among journalists during a government-sponsored trip to the strife-torn city of Homs.

- Marie Colvin (United States) and Remi Ochlik (France):

The 56-year-old working for the Sunday Times and the 28-year-old working for IP3 Press are killed when a makeshift media centre in Homs is struck by a Syrian army mortar on February 22.

- Falah Taha (Iraq):

Killed in a Damascus suburb on July 14.

- Mohammed al-Saeed (Syria):

Television presenter kidnapped from his Damascus home in mid-July executed by Islamist militant Al-Nusra Front.

- Hatem Abu Yehiah (Syria)

The assistant cameraman of public television channel al-Ikhbariya killed on August 10 after being captured with a group of Syrian journalists accompanying the army near Damascus.

- Ali Abbas (Syria):

The head of the domestic news department at the official SANA news agency is assassinated at his home in Jdaidet Artuz outside the capital on August 11.

- Mika Yamamoto (Japan):

The veteran Japanese war reporter working for small Japanese news agency Japan Press dies on August 20 after coming under fire from up to 15 apparently pro-government troops in Aleppo.

- Musab al-Odallah (Syria):

The journalist from government daily Tishrin shot dead on August 22 at his home in Damascus during a search operation by the army, his friends say.

- Tamer al-Awam (Syria:)

Film-maker and journalist Tamer al-Awam killed on the front lines of Aleppo on September 9.

- Yusuf Ahmed Deeb (Syria)

Killed in Aleppo on September 16 in an air raid on the printworks of newspaper Liwaa Al-Fatiha.

- Maya Nasser (Syria):

Snipers in Damascus kill the correspondent for Iran's English-language Press TV on September 26 at the site of bombings targeting Syrian army headquarters.

- Mohammed al-Ashram (Syria):

Cameraman for Al-Ikhbariya television, shot dead in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor on October 10.

- Basel Tawfiq Yousef (Syria)

State television journalist shot dead on November 21 in the south Damascus district of Tadamun.

- Naji Assaad (Syria)

Journalist working for a government newspaper killed in Tadamun on December 4.

- Haidar al-Sumudi (Syria)

State television cameraman gunned down on December 21 outside his Damascus home.

2013

- Sohail Mahmud Ali (Syria)

Journalist working for Syria's pro-regime TV channel shot dead on January 4 in a regime-controlled area in Aleppo.

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