BY AFP

Shelling kills Syria pro-opposition journalist: Reports

A Syrian journalist working for pro-opposition television was killed by regime shelling in Damascus province on Sunday, his network and an NGO reported.

Qays al-Qadi, who was in his 20s, worked for Al-Jisr, an Istanbul-based satellite channel that was founded in 2015 and opposes the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

A picture taken by a photographer who contributes to AFP showed a young man lying on the ground, his face bloodied and a press card around his neck.

The channel said on its Facebook page that Qadi had been killed "in a bombing by the Assad regime" on Eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held area east of Damascus.

Qadi was Al-Jisr's "bureau chief" in the area, which pro-government forces have targeted heavily for a week despite it being designated a "de-escalation zone".

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, also said the reporter was killed in the bombardment of Eastern Ghouta along with 10 other civilians.

Qadi's death comes three weeks after a cameraman working for Syrian state television was killed when a landmine planted by the Islamic State group exploded in the central province of Homs.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in March that 211 journalists and citizen journalists had been killed in six years of war in Syria.