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Syrian journalist Khaled al-Khateeb killed near Homs
August 6, 2017
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

RT Arabic reported that Khaled al-Khateeb, 25, a Syrian freelance correspondent for the Russian government-funded broadcaster, was traveling with a Syrian Army convoy through the village of Sukhna, [on July 30, 2017] in eastern Homs province, when he was killed by a rocket the broadcaster said was fired by fighters from the Islamic State group. It was reported "several" Syrian soldiers were also killed in the attack, and that RT cameraman Muutaz Yaqoub was injured.
Al-Khateeb began freelance work for RT Arabic in April, the broadcaster reported. The Russian-government-funded website Sputnik also reported that he had previously worked for its Arabic-language service and for the Syrian-government-funded broadcaster Al-Ikhbaria before beginning work with RT. His last piece for RT focused on civilian casualties from the U.S.-led coalition's bombing campaign in support of a rebel offensive to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State group.
RT head Margarita Simonyan said in a statement that al-Khateeb's death was the first time that one of the network's journalists had been killed in a conflict zone.