Monday, August 20, 2012

Japanese Journalist killed by the Rebels in Syria

TOKYO — A female Japanese reporter has been killed after being caught in gunfire in the conflict-torn north Syrian city of Aleppo, Japan's foreign ministry said Tuesday.

The death of 45-year-old Mika Yamamoto takes to four the number of foreign journalists who have lost their lives in the country since the uprising began against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Reports from the US-funded Arabic language broadcaster Al Hurra said four journalists had been travelling in a car that was attacked by fighters dressed like those from the Free Syrian Army, citing the vehicle's driver.

The rebel group subsequently denied any involvement, blaming pro-regime forces, the station reported.

An NGO working in Syria said in addition to Yamamoto's death, three journalists were also missing, two Arabs -- one of them a Lebanese woman -- and a Turkish reporter. Read More