French war reporter killed by sniper fire


French war reporter Yves Debay was killed by sniper fire while reporting on the crisis in Syria, a Turkish official said yesterday.

The Belgian-born Debay was taken to Turkey, where medical staff pronounced him dead, after being shot once in the head and once in the chest on Thursday.

“France condemns this odious act and expresses its condolences, its sympathy and its solidarity with the friends and family of Yves Debay,” French president François Hollande said.

Meanwhile, 12 people were killed when an explosion rocked a government -held district of Aleppo yesterday, a monitoring group said, and both sides accused the other of mounting the attack. State television showed the collapsed side of a building and rubble spilling into streets. – (Reuters)