27 Sep 2012 12:06 PM EST
-by Anthony Bell, Contributing Writer; Image: Maya Nasser (Image Source: Press TV)
A Syrian journalist was shot and killed by a sniper Wednesday during an on-air report in Damascus, Syria.
Maya Nasser, correspondent for Iran’s Press TV, was reporting on large explosions at Syria’s army headquarters at Umayyad Square alongside Damascus Bureau Chief Hossein Mortada when he was fatally shot in the neck by a sniper, reports Al Jazeera.
According to a statement on Nasser’s Facebook page, “armed terrorists” appeared in civilian vehicles and snipers were positioned on nearby rooftops when the shots were fired.
Mortada was shot in the leg but survived the attack.
“We hold Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, who provide militants weapons to kill civilians, military personnel and journalists, responsible for the killing of Maya,” Press TV news director Hamid Reza Emadi said. “Press TV will be pursuing the matter of the murder of Maya and will not let those who killed our correspondent feel like they can kill media people and get away with it.”