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Syria forces shoot dead Lebanese TV cameraman

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Syrian forces have shot dead a cameraman working for a Lebanese television station near the border between the two countries.

The channel, Al Jadeed, says Ali Shaaban was on the Lebanese side when soldiers opened fire on the car carrying the crew.

Lebanon’s government, which is dominated by Hezbollah, an ally of Syria, condemned what it called an “unacceptable act”.

A colleague of the cameraman said the Syrian forces attacked even though the crew had explained to the soldiers what they were doing.

“We were all on the Lebanese side of the border and we greeted the Syrian soldiers on the Syrian side,” Hussein Khureis said. “But after that we heard gunfire so we went back… but the shooting continued heavily.”

There have been several reports of cross-border shooting or shelling from Syrian forces pursuing rebels inside northern Lebanon, in which people have been wounded.