Japanese Journalist Mika Yamamoto died yesterday amid violence in Syria, a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said.
Yamamoto died while government and rebel forces engaged in a firefight in Aleppo in northern Syria, Toshinori Matsushiro said by phone today. The government official said the circumstances surrounding Yamamoto’s death were unclear.
Yamamoto, a freelance journalist at the Japan Press Inc., was born in 1967, according to the Tokyo-based news agency’s website. She had reported in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001 and received several journalism awards in Japan, the website said. Japan Press is an independent news agency that produces documentaries and videos from conflict zones, according to its website. Yamamoto’s body was transferred to a hospital in Kilis province in Turkey, Matsushiro said.
Yamamoto was the fourth foreign reporter killed in the violence in Syria since March 2011, according to Channel NewsAsia. Three other reporters are still missing in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.