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Mourners bury news cameraman slain by Syrian insurgents

Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 00:56

Dec. 8 - An Iraqi news cameraman, the first foreign journalist to be killed by insurgents in the rebel-held north of Syria, is laid to rest in his hometown of Falluja.Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: An Iraqi freelance cameraman killed by insurgents last Wednesday in Syria was buried on Sunday in his hometown city of Falluja west of Baghdad with hundreds of fellow journalists joining friends at the ceremony. Yasser Faysal al-Joumaili was executed by al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria to become the first foreign journalist killed by insurgents in the rebel-held north, a press freedoms watchdog said last Thursday. The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized Yasser Faysal al-Joumaili while he was on a reporting trip in northern Syria's Idlib province on December 4. Joumaili was then executed and his body later arrived in Turkey, although the exact circumstances of his death were unclear, the watchdog said in a statement. The body of al-Joumaili was flown to Iraq and was taken immediately to his hometown of Falluja, a former al-Qaeda stronghold in Iraq for burial in the city's martyrs' cemetery. Hundreds of mourners, including journalists, friends and relatives marched the streets of Falluja at the funeral procession behind his flag-draped coffin carrying pictures of the slain cameraman and a banner condemning his brutal death. Joumaili was from the Iraqi city of Falluja and had three children. He worked for Reuters in Iraq from 2003 to 2009. Reporters Without Borders said Joumaili was the 20th professional journalist and 8th foreign journalist to die in the Syrian conflict, which started in March, 2011, as a peaceful protest movement and slid into civil war after a crackdown.

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Mourners bury news cameraman slain by Syrian insurgents

Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 00:56