Syrian forces fire across two borders, killing cameraman and injuring others

According to ABC News, the Syrian conflict spilled into two border countries, Lebanon and Turkey, a day before a ceasefire agreement between the security forces and opposition group is supposed to take effect.

In Lebanon, Syrian forces killed Ali Shaaban, a cameraman for the Al Jadeed television station, who was filming in the northern Wadi Khaled area in Lebanon. The gunfire came from the nearby Syrian village of Armouta.

Syrian forces also fired into a refugee camp in Turkey, wounding at least six people.

“The soldiers were apparently firing at rebels who tried to escape to the refugee camp after ambushing a military checkpoint, according to the Britain-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which cited a network of sources on the ground.”

Turkey has welcomed thousands of refugees from Syria who have crossed the border in an attempt to flee the violence. It is estimated that Turkey has welcomed roughly 24,000 refugees, including army defectors, and is thinking about setting up a buffer zone inside Syria in case the number of displaced people crossing the border becomes overwhelming, according to the article.

A ceasefire agreement was promised by al-Assad and the opposition group and is scheduled to begin tomorrow, April 10. However, with the ongoing violence, the Syrian government’s last minute demand– saying forces will not withdraw its troops without written guarantees from opposition fighters that they will lay down their arms– and the opposition group’s unwillingness to comply, the six-point peace plan created by U.N. international envoy Kofi Annan seems to be in tatters, according to the article.




About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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2 Responses to Syrian forces fire across two borders, killing cameraman and injuring others

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