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Yara Abbas, a TV correspondent, killed in Syria

Yara Abbas: A TV correspondent for a news channel loyal to Syria's President Assad was killed Monday near Qusair. Yara Abbas was well-known in Syria. 

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Yara Abbas, a reporter for Syria's al-Ikhbariya news channel, was killed by sniper fire. Yara Abbas was a well-known Syrian journalist working for a pro-government television channel near the Lebanese-Syrian border on Monday, the state news agency said.

SANA/Handout via Reuters

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Syrian troops gained ground Monday in a nine-day offensive against a key rebel-held town, and a Syrian TV correspondent covering the fighting there was killed by gunfire, state media and a pro-opposition group reported.

The Syrian reporter killed Monday, Yara Abbas, had been covering the fighting near the town of Qusair, near the border with Lebanon.

Abbas, who worked for state-owned Al-Ikhbariyah TV, was attacked by rebels who ambushed the car carrying her and her crew near the Dabaa base close to Qusair, the Syrian Information Ministry said in a statement carried by state TV. A cameraman and his assistant were wounded, the report said.

Dozens of journalists have been killed, wounded or kidnapped since Syria's crisis began. Amnesty International said this month that Syria's government and some rebels are deliberately targeting journalists.

Syria's state-run Al-Thawra daily reported last week that nine journalists and 23 other crew members working for state-run media have been killed in the country over the past two years.

 
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