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Anadolu journalist killed in Idlib air strike

Civil defense team and locals carry out search and rescue works at the site around the collapsed buildings after warplanes of Assad regime forces and Russian forces hit the de-escalation zone, Jisr al-Shughur district of Idlib, Syria on 11 July 2019. [Bera Derwish - Anadolu Agency]
Civil defence team and locals carry out search and rescue works at the site around the collapsed buildings after air strikes were carried out by the Assad Regime in Idlib, Syria on 11 July 2019 [Bera Derwish/Anadolu Agency]

An Anadolu Agency freelance journalist was killed in a Russian air strike in Idlib province in northwestern Syria today, reported by the news site.

Anas Diab, a 22-year-old freelance journalist and rescuer with the White Helmets, was killed while reporting on Russian air strikes on his hometown of Khan Sheikhun.

“Diab was doing his journalistic duty in very dangerous areas,” Mustafa Haj Youssef, the White Helmets director in Idlib, told Anadolu Agency. 

He was working to take the voice of Idlib and Syria to the whole world

he said.

Last year, Diab was injured in a Syrian regime airstrike and was dispatched to Turkey for medical treatment.

Regime forces and Russian warplanes intensified attacks on de-escalation zones in northern Syria in recent days.

Turkey and Russia agreed last September to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression would be expressly prohibited.

The regime, however, has consistently broken the terms of the ceasefire, launching frequent attacks inside the de-escalation zone.

READ: Russia denies deploying ground troops in Idlib

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