Lebanon: Syrian Army Killed TV Cameraman

June 7, 2012  

Lebanon has charged the Syrian Army with the murder of an Al-Jadeed television journalist.

Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr on Thursday charged members of the Syrian armed forces in connection with the cameraman’s death on April 9. Charges of attempting to murder the cameraman’s two colleagues, who were with him at the time, have also been filed.

The case has been referred to Military Investigative Justice Riyad Abu Ghida.

Ali Sha’aban, 30, was shot and killed while on assignment for the Al-Jadeed television network in the northern area of Wadi Khaled, near the Lebanese border with Syria, according to the Daily Star.

The television station pressed charges against the Syrian Army over Sha’aban’s killing. Two of the journalist’s colleagues were witnesses to the murder, according to the station. Reporter Hussein Khreiss and cameraman Abed al-Azim Khayyat were both with Sha’aban in the same vehicle when they came under machine gunfire by Syrian Army soldiers, both said.

The situation along Lebanon’s border with Syria is becoming more dangerous by the day. Angry residents in northern Lebanon built a sand roadblock across a main highway that crosses into Syria a week ago after unidentified gunmen kidnapped two Lebanese farmers in the country’s north and took them across the border into Syria. Mohammed Yassin Merei and Mahdi Hamdan, both from the border town of Abboudiyyeh in Akkar province, were seized by five armed Syrians while they were gathering crops, Lebanon’s National News Agency reported on Wednesday.

Syrian Army soldiers have killed numerous foreign journalists, including several from the United States, France and other Western nations, since the start of the growing civil war that was sparked by last year’s Arab Spring uprisings.

Human rights organizations have estimated that some 13,500 civilians have died in Syria since the revolution began in March 2011.

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