Syrian security forces have shot and killed two freelance British journalists of Algerian descent and wounded a third, according to a Spanish newspaper report and a witness interviewed by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
The Spanish daily El Mundo, citing local activists, said Naseem Intriri and Walid Bledi were killed during an attack on the town of Darkoush near the Turkish border
The Guardian reported yesterday that journalists filming a documentary about Syrians escaping across the Turkish border had been killed, but could not confirm the fact, nor did it identify them.
But a witness told the CPJ that Syrian soldiers, accompanied by militiamen known as “Shabiha,” shot at the house where the journalists were staying.
He told the CPJ that when the firing began Intriri and Bledi initially fled but returned to retrieve equipment when the shooting seemed to have stopped.
Then the Syrian forces opened fire again. He said the army later took the journalists’ bodies away.
A third journalist, who was wounded by a shot in his left shoulder as he fled from the house, was said to have been driven to a hospital in Antakya by Syrians who crossed into Turkey.
Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ’s Middle East and north Africa programme coordinator said the deaths were “yet another illustration of the grave dangers that journalists face in reporting a conflict that the Syrian government has sought to hide from the world.”