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Japanese journalist killed in Aleppo

Smoke covers Aleppo city streets as a government siege rages. Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto died there Tuesday from wounds sustained in a gunfight between Syrian forces and rebels, becoming the first Japanese national killed in the 17-month-old conflict. The award-winning journalist worked for Tokyo-based independent news wire Japan Press and was travelling with the Free Syrian Army. Colleague Kazutaka Sato, who was travelling with her, said Yamamoto was his wife and they had been together for fifteen years. He explained that he could do nothing to help her, as he showed her bullet-scarred flak jacket. Yamamoto's death underscores the hostile environment in which journalists operate to cover the Syrian conflict, in which 18,000 people have been killed.

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