Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:21am EST

ANKARA Jan 18 (Reuters) – A French journalist of Belgian
origin, Yves Debay, has been killed by sniper fire while
reporting in Syria, a Turkish official said on Friday.

Debay, who was shot once in the head and once in the chest,
was brought to Turkey overnight where medical staff pronounced
him dead on arrival, the official said. Syrian anti-government
rebels said Debay had been shot in the northern city of Aleppo.

Debay had been working for Assaut, a French magazine he
founded and which specialised in defence matters.

According to French newspaper Le Monde, Debay was born in
1954 in what was then the Belgian Congo and later took French
nationality. A former soldier, Debay later moved into journalism
where he specialised in war reporting.

Last year, Syria was by far the most dangerous for
journalists with 28 killed, according to the watchdog Committee
to Protect Journalists. Several have also been abducted in Syria
during the uprising and are still missing.

Rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad have
detained journalists suspected of supporting the government.
Pro-Assad militia have also seized journalists, including an NBC
News team who were held for five days in December.

The Syrian government tightly restricts media access.

(Writing by Jonathon Burch; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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