Sniper fire kills French journalist in Aleppo
A Belgian-born French journalist, Yves Debay, has died from sniper fire in north Syria’s Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.
“He was killed on one of Aleppo’s fronts” on Thursday, said the Aleppo Media Centre, adding that he was “shot by a government sniper”.
Anti-government activists in Aleppo posted online photographs of Debay’s body and of his Press card, as well as an amateur video showing the corpse.
The French defence ministry Press card, dated 2010, showed Debay’s name and picture.
The AMC’s Abu Hisham said via the Internet that he was first alerted of Debay’s killing by a volunteer at an Aleppo field hospital. Another activist said he helped put Debay’s body in an ambulance en route to the Bab Al Salama border crossing with Turkey. “It is not exactly clear how he was killed, but it seems like he entered a very dangerous street where the army and pro-government militia were positioned,” said the activist.
Debay founded Assaut magazine, a French publication specialised in defence.
He reportedly described himself as a “rebel journalist”.
Debay was born in 1954 in Lubumbashi, in what was then the Belgian Congo.
He volunteered until 1980 with the ex-Rhodesian army of the white minority regime that ruled what is now Zimbabwe until 1980.
At least 17 professional journalists and 44 citizen journalists have died reporting on one of the deadliest wars for the media in recent years, according to Reporters Without Borders.
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