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Syria reporter killed by rebel fire: state media

It was confirmed that the journalist was killed in shelling of the Dahiyet al-Assad area just outside the rebel-controlled town of Harasta

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A Syrian reporter for an official radio station and a local television channel was killed on Tuesday by rebel fire outside the capital, state media said.

“Our colleague Batoul Moukhlis Al-Warar, a presenter on Nur al-Sham channel and Damascus radio, has been killed and others wounded in terrorist mortar fire on Dahiyet Al-Assad in Harasta” region, state television said in a breaking news alert.

Damascus radio is an official station, and Nur al-Sham is a religious television channel broadcasting inside Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the journalist was killed in shelling of the Dahiyet al-Assad area just outside the rebel-controlled town of Harasta.

Harasta is in the opposition stronghold of Eastern Ghouta, and the Observatory said regime forces were shelling it on Tuesday morning.

Syria is one of the deadliest places in the world for journalists.

At least 48 have been killed in the country since the conflict began with anti-government protests in March 2011, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Many journalists have also been detained by government or opposition forces, with some kidnapped and later killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.