Journalist Killed Reporting Syrian Conflict

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A Syrian journalist working for a pro-government media outlet was killed early on Monday as he was reporting clashes in east Damascus, state media and a monitoring group have said.

In a news alert, Syrian state television reported the death of National Defence Forces journalist, Thaer al-Ajlani, as he was covering the clashes in the Jobar area.

Jobar is still mostly controlled by rebel groups including Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front.

Pro-government militia, including the National Defence Forces, NDF, and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, have surrounded the area in an attempt to recapture it.

State news agency, SANA, also reported Ajlani’s death, saying that he was covering government clashes with extremist Sunni terrorist organisations for radio station, Sham FM.

Ajlani was also a correspondent for the Al-Watan newspaper, which is pro government.






     

     

    His last public post appeared early Monday on both Facebook and Twitter: “The Syrian army is firing barrages of rockets now towards the positions of Faylaq al-Rahman,east of Damascus.”

    According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, Ajlani “was regularly embedded with the regime, NDF and Hezbollah in their battles.”

    It said heavy fighting had erupted in Jobar on Monday morning, and that regime aircraft had conducted at least 20 strikes on the area.

    Rebel groups seized control of Jobar in summer 2013, and regime loyalists began their counteroffensive in September last year.

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