Skooter reporting 08/21/12
A female Japanese journalist while covering the civil war in Syria has been killed Monday in the northwestern city of Aleppo, Japan's government said Tuesday.
Masaru Sato, a spokesman with the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said Mika Yamamoto was a veteran war correspondent with The Japan Press, an independent TV news provider that specializes in conflict zone coverage. The 45-year-old was struck by gunfire while she and a colleague were traveling with the rebel Free Syrian Army, whose aim is to topple the regime of President Bashar Assad.
An activist in Syria posted a video on YouTube on Monday showing the body of an Asian woman inside a van wrapped in blankets with only her face showing. Yamamoto’s identify was confirmed by an Associated Press reporter who had worked with her after viewing the video.
Yamamoto's body has been airlifted to Turkey, where Japanese consular officials were providing assistance, Sato said.