Mona al-Bakkour

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Mona al-Bakkour, a reporter for the state-owned daily Al-Thawra and editor-in-chief of the pro-government news website Syria al-Qalaa, was killed by an explosion in Saadallah al-Jabri Square in the besieged northern city of Aleppo, close to where she was reporting, according to local news reports.

Al-Bakkour was reporting for Al-Thawra on the conflict in Aleppo, and was staying in a hotel overlooking the square at the time of the explosion, news reports said. Over the past several months, Aleppo has experienced heavy fighting between government forces and the rebel Free Syrian Army, according to news reports.

The official Syrian State TV reported in a news bulletin that al-Bakkour was killed by "terrorist explosions." Since the start of the uprising in March 2011, the regime has used "terrorists" as a catch-all phrase for all opposition fighters, according to news reports.

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