Colleagues tell of Lebanese journalist killed in Wadi Khaled

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Several hundred attended the funeral today of slain Lebanese journalist Ali Shaaban, who was killed when his Al-Jadeed television crew came under fire near the Syrian border.

Mourners carry the coffin of Lebanese cameraman Ali Shaaban during his funeral in the southern village of Mayfadun on 10 April 2012. (Photo: AFP - Mahmoud Zayyat)Mourners carry the coffin of Lebanese cameraman Ali Shaaban during his funeral in the southern village of Mayfadun on 10 April 2012. (Photo: AFP - Mahmoud Zayyat)

Al-Jadeed have accused the Syrian army of killing Shaaban.

Cameraman Abdel Azim Khayat, who was with Shaaban when he died, described the incident to Al-Akhbar.

Khayyat said their car was hit with many bullets while “members of al-Hajjana nearby began shouting to the soldiers on an opposite hill, asking them to cease fire. But to no avail.”

Reporter Hussein Khreis, who hid behind the car to avoid the barrage of bullets, gave his recollection.

“I am not a soldier to be able to act in such a situation. My colleague Abed [Abdel Azim] Khayyat tried to save the other cameraman and so did the mayor’s brother who was with us,” he said.

Syrian state media said that Syrian border guards came under fire by an "armed terrorist group" at the same time as the Al-Jadeed crew was in the area.

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 14:39

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