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Journalists killed in Syria unrest


French freelance photographer Olivier Voisin, who died after sustaining serious head and arm injuries from an exploding shell in northern Syria, is the latest media casualty in the conflict-torn country.

The 38-year-old Voisin was injured on Thursday and operated on a day later in the Turkish city of Antakya. He remained in critical condition and then died of his injuries, the French foreign ministry said on Sunday.

This takes the death toll of reporters who have died in Syria to at least 21, according to a count by AFP and Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders.

He is a list of some who have died in the conflict:


- Shukri Ahmed Ratib Abu Burghul (Syria):

Damascus radio reporter shot on December 30 by gunmen when leaving his home dies in hospital on January 2, 2012.


- Gilles Jacquier (France):

A reporter with the state-owned French television broadcaster, Jacquier is killed on January 11, when a shell explodes among journalists during a government-sponsored trip to the strife-torn city of Homs.

- Marie Colvin (United States) and Remi Ochlik (France):

The 56-year-old working for the Sunday Times and the 28-year-old working for IP3 Press are killed when a makeshift media centre in Homs is struck by a Syrian army mortar on February 22.

- Falah Taha (Iraq):

Killed in a Damascus suburb on July 14.

- Mohammed al-Saeed (Syria):

The television presenter kidnapped from his Damascus home in mid-July and executed by the Islamist militant Al-Nusra Front.

- Hatem Abu Yehiah (Syria)

The assistant cameraman of public television channel al-Ikhbariya killed on August 10 after being captured with a group of Syrian journalists accompanying the army near Damascus.

- Ali Abbas (Syria):

The head of the domestic news department at the official SANA news agency is assassinated at his home in Jdaidet Artuz outside the capital on August 11.

- Mika Yamamoto (Japan):

The veteran Japanese war reporter working for small Japanese news agency Japan Press dies on August 20 after coming under fire from up to 15 apparently pro-government troops in Aleppo.

- Musab al-Odallah (Syria):

The journalist from government daily Tishrin shot dead on August 22 at his home in Damascus during a search operation by the army, his friends say.

- Tamer al-Awam (Syria:)

Film-maker and journalist Tamer al-Awam killed on the front lines of Aleppo on September 9.

- Yusuf Ahmed Deeb (Syria)

Killed in Aleppo on September 16 in an air raid on the printworks of newspaper Liwaa Al-Fatiha.

- Maya Nasser (Syria):

Snipers in Damascus kill the correspondent for Iran's English-language Press TV on September 26 at the site of bombings targeting Syrian army headquarters.

- Mohammed al-Ashram (Syria):

Cameraman for Al-Ikhbariya television, shot dead in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor on October 10.

- Basel Tawfiq Yousef (Syria)

State television journalist shot dead on November 21 in the south Damascus district of Tadamun.

- Naji Assaad (Syria)

Journalist working for a government newspaper killed in Tadamun on December 4.

- Haidar al-Sumudi (Syria)

State television cameraman gunned down on December 21 outside his Damascus home.


- Sohail Mahmud Ali (Syria)

Journalist working for Syria's pro-regime TV channel shot dead on January 4 in a regime-controlled area in Aleppo.

- Yves Debay (France)

Journalist and founder of Assaut, a publication specialised in defence issues, killed by sniper fire in Aleppo on January 17.

- Mohammed Hourani (Syria)

Al-Jazeera reporter shot dead by a regime sniper on January 18 while covering clashes in the southern province of Daraa.

- Olivier Voisin (France)

Freelance photographer who died in a Turkish hospital after sustaining serious shrapnel wounds to the head and arm in the northern region of Idlib on February 21.