Yara Abbas, a reporter for the al-Ikhbariya news channel, is seen in this undated handout photo distributed to Reuters by Syria's national news agency SANA on May 27, 2013. SANA/Handout via Reuters

Yara Abbas, a reporter for the al-Ikhbariya news channel, is seen in this undated handout photo distributed to Reuters by Syria’s national news agency SANA on May 27, 2013. SANA/Handout via Reuters

TV Correspondent Killed while Covering Syrian Battles

The war in Syria continues to rage and the death toll continues to climb. It is not only the soldiers and rebels who are becoming fatalities. The war-ravaged land is taking a toll on children, innocent civilians and journalists who are desperately attempting to report true facts amidst the hellish battles.

The killing of a woman TV correspondent in Syria is a headline now capturing the attention of readers around the world. In this instance the Syrian based reporter was a prominent and respected female journalist named Yara Abbas. She had been working with the Al-Ikhbariyah station which is operated by the government. This week her name was added to the growing list of deaths resulting from the Syrian conflict.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group also reported her death on Monday, saying she “was killed by a sniper close to Dabaa airport”, north of Qusayr.

According to reports by the the Syrian Information Ministry Abbas and several co-workers were ambushed by rebel forces near the Dabaa military base. Abbas was the only fatality in her small group although two other television employees were wounded. The attack on the journalists occurred as members of Hezbollah accompanied government fighters pushed forward to try and oust rebels from Qusair.

Latest figures show that the Lebanese government has suffered the loss of approximately eighty fighters during the month of May. Many of these deaths occurred near the strategically important town of Qusair. Seventy-five Hezbollah members have been killed in the past ten days and all of these lives have been lost in battles being waged for control of Qusair.

More than 70,000 people have been killed and more than five million Syrians fled their homes, seeking shelter in neighbouring countries or in other parts of Syria.

The TV correspondent was killed near the Lebanon boarder, near the town of Qusair.

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