(ALEPPO, Syria) — Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto was killed in Syria while covering the ongoing civil war there, Syrian activists said Monday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Yamamoto, 45, died Monday of wounds she sustained while reporting in the Suleiman al-Halabi neighborhood of Aleppo, east of where the conflict was taking place, the Japan Daily Press reports. She was an awarding-winning war correspondent with Tokyo-based Japan Press, an independent news service, according to the Kyodo news agency.
An estimated 17,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed as a result of Syria’s fighting, the United Nations said Friday. BBC News reports Yamamoto is one of several foreign journalists killed in the Syrian conflict since March 2011.
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Chris Isidore, CNN Newswire