Ground Report | News Desk
Amid fighting in recent weeks between Syrian and Russian military forces in which two Syrian journalists were killed and eight were injured Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
Abdel Nasser Haj Hamdan, a journalist working as a photographer for the Binnish Media Office, who was killed yesterday in the locality of Maarat Al-Naasan, in the north of Idlib province, while covering Russian and Syrian bombing.
He was immediately transferred to the hospital in the city of Idlib, where he underwent surgery to stop the internal bleeding and was placed in intensive care for four hours after which he died as a result of severe bleeding,” Hamdan’s coworker said.
In recent weeks, the Syrian government has stepped its bombing of Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold, and a pocket of resistance in Aleppo. When fighting intensifies, the first victims are local journalists,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “Our access to reporting on the ground depends on them because foreign journalists rarely go there. The authorities must to do everything possible to protect them.”
Journalists who support the government are allowed to accompany the Syrian national army and enjoy some protection, but they too are exposed to danger. The victims have included RT Arabic reporter Wafa Shabrouney, who was wounded in Idlib when a shell left by the Jihadi group Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) exploded on 29 January.
According to CPJ research, 134 journalists have been killed in Syria since the uprisings began in 2011.