Syria: Two journalists and two cameramen injured while covering the conflict

Two journalists and two cameramen were injured on 3 February while covering the clashes near Aleppo city between government forces and armed groups. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Syrian Journalists Union in condemning the attack on journalists.

Syrian government forces are seen in the village of Khan Tuman, about 17 kilometres southwest of the northern city of Aleppo, on February 1, 2020. Credits: KHAN TUMAN - AFP

Four media workers suffered injuries while covering the fight between the Syrian army and armed groups: reporter Diaa Qadour and Ibrahim Kahil, a cameraman for al-Alam TV; Kinanah Aloush, a correspondent for Sama TV and cameraman of Al Kawthar TV, Souhaib al-Masri.

All the victims were sent to al-Jamea Hospital to receive the necessary treatment, media reports say.

The Syrian Union of Journalists said in a letter to the IFJ that it “strongly condemns this direct attack against the journalists who wore media safety equipment and were identified as journalists.”

In a separate incident, Wafa Shabruni, a reporter working for Russia Today was severely injured while filming ammunition depots left by militants who retreated from the city of Maarret-en-Nuuman, in the province of Idlib. The Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) said it will take all necessary measures to support Wafa and her family.


The IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, said: “We condemn all attacks on journalists and media workers that put their lives at risk for reporting on wars. We call on all sides to stop targeting journalists and wish a quick recovery to all the victims”.

For further information contact IFJ Middle East & Arab World on +32 (0) 2 235 22 11

The IFJ represents more than 600,000 journalists in 140 countries

Find the Middle East and Arab World IFJ regional office on Twitter (in Arab): @IFJ_AR