New York, January
18, 2013--An international journalist was killed by a sniper while covering fighting
in Aleppo in Syria on Thursday, according to local and international press
reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on all sides of the conflict to stop targeting journalists and allow
them to report freely within the country.
Debay, a Belgian-born French journalist, was based in Aleppo, where he covered clashes between the Syrian army and opposition forces in the city for his online newsmagazine Assaut (Assault), according to news reports. A veteran military correspondent, he contributed reports for the French military magazine Raid, and had written several books about military conflicts.