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Foreign Journalist Killed, Two Others Missing in Syria


An image of Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto is shown on a large monitor screen in Tokyo during a TV news broadcast reporting her death in Syria, August 21, 2012.
A Japanese journalist who was traveling with Syrian rebels has died after being caught in gunfire, while two Alhurra TV journalists who may have been with her are missing.

Japan's Foreign Ministry says Mika Yamamoto was shot Monday while traveling with the Free Syrian Army in the northern city of Aleppo. She worked for the Tokyo-based Japan Press.

Meanwhile, the U.S. government funded Alhurra television station says two of its journalists reporting in Aleppo may have been seized Monday by Syrian forces.

In a statement, the station's parent organization BBG, which also oversees Voice of America, urged the Syrian government to ensure the safety of the two journalists, correspondent Bashar Fahmi and his cameraman Cuneyt Unal.

In an interview Tuesday with VOA English to Middle East, Reporters Without Borders spokeswoman Soazig Dollet said five foreign journalists have been killed since the start of Syrian uprising.

"Syria is now the most dangerous place for war reporter[s] in the world," she said.

Fighting continues across Syria, where opposition activists say at least 140 people have been killed since Monday. The Local Coordination Committees says more deadly violence hit Damascus, Homs and Daraa on Tuesday.



Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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