Syria: Foreign journalist killed in Aleppo

A destroyed photo of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the grounds of the Al Ansari police station in the Sikari neighborhood of Aleppo.

A foreign journalist has been killed and another three are missing in Aleppo after pro-government forces launched a fresh attack on Syria's largest city. 

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead journalist was a Japanese woman, Agence France-Presse reported.

She was killed Monday while covering clashes in the city, which has been the scene of heavy fighting between rebel and pro-regime troops in recent weeks.

The non-government organization said a Lebanese journalist, a Turkish journalist and an Arab journalist, whose nationality was not known, had gone missing, Reuters reported.

A graphic video posted on Youtube purportedly showing the Japanese woman’s body lying on a gurney in a hospital was later removed by the video sharing website due to its "shocking and disgusting content." 

Further information was not immediately available.

After a one-day lull on Sunday, government forces launched fresh attacks on Aleppo, Damascus and southern Syria today, killing at least 100 people, the Associated Press reported.

The attacks occurred on the second day of the three-day Eid holiday which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.  

A number of foreign journalists have been killed during Syria's 17-month long uprising.

The death of British Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin, who was killed in a shelling attack in the besieged city of Homs in February, helped refocus international attention on the bloody war raging in the country. 

French photographer Remi Ochlik also died in the attack.

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