French Journalist Killed in Syria

    Smoke is seen following a rocket attack on the Akrama neighbourhood of the western city of Homs, 162 kms north of Damascus, on January 11, 2012. A Western journalist was killed and a number of other reporters were wounded when a rocket exploded as they covered a story in the Syrian city of Homs, a witness told AFP. The journalists were in Homs, one of the major hot spots of the 10-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, on a visit organised by the authorities. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

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    French TV journalist Gilles Jacquier was killed Wednesday in Homs, Syria, while visiting the country on a government-sponsored trip, French media reported. His death was first announced by human-rights activists in the city, who said he was hit by a grenade or rocket blast. The 43-year-old Jacquier was part of a group of 15 foreign journalists being shown around Homs when a grenade landed near them. They fled to a nearby building, but more grenades hit, killing Jacquier and injuring at least one more European journalist. Two others died in Homs on Wednesday.

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