Sniper kills Al Jazeera reporter in Syria

January 19, 2013 - 2:33:53 am

A combo made yesterday of a handout picture from Al-Jazeera news channel (top-L) and image grabs from a video uploaded on YouTube shows Al-Jazeera correspondent Mohammed Hourani reporting during clashes between rebel fighters and Syrian government forces (top-L), holding the Qatar-based satellite channel's microphone (top-C), running to cross a street (top-R), the moment he is shot by a sniper positioned nearby (bottom-L), injured on the ground (bottom-C) and being helped by a rebel fighter (bottom-R).

BEIRUT: A sniper killed an Al Jazeera reporter in southern Syria yesterday, the pan-Arab television network said, in the second such shooting of a journalist in two days in the conflict-swept country.

The killings take the death toll of reporters who have died in Syria’s 22-month conflict to at least 20, according to a count by AFP and Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders.

“Mohammed Hourani was shot dead by a regime sniper in Basra Al Harir in the province of Daraa, while he was covering the clashes there,” Al Jazeera said in a statement.

The Qatar-based satellite news channel described the 33-year-old Syrian journalist as “courageous and accurate” in his reporting.

Before joining Al Jazeera, Hourani was an activist in the uprising against President Bashar Al Assad, the broadcaster said.

Outspoken in its support for the revolt against the Assad regime, Al Jazeera vowed to pursue its editorial line despite the latest killing.