A Japanese woman journalist was killed in gunfire, allegedly from government troops, in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday.
The victim, identified as Mika Yamamoto from the Tokyo-based freelance journalist association Japan Press, entered Aleppo along with her Japanese colleague Kazutaka Sato on Monday and they were accompanying Opposition troops to report on the Syrian conflict.
They came across soldiers apparently with the government, and were suddenly sprayed by bullets, Japan's NHK broadcaster reported quoting Sato. Yamamoto was about three meters behind him before they separated while escaping. She was found dead later at a nearby hospital after the hour-long gun-battle.
A doctor told Sato that Yamamoto had lost much blood and was brought dead to the hospital. Sato accompanied her body to Turkey. The Japan Press website says the two journalists filed a story about the Syrian conflict for a Japanese TV station earlier this month.
After graduating in 1990, Yamamoto began working as a reporter for a TV station and joined the Japan Press in 1995. She had covered situations in conflict-stricken areas including Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo, using hand-held video cameras and editing the footage on her own.
by RTT Staff Writer
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