February 24th, 2013
01:02 PM ET

French journalist killed while covering Syrian civil war

French journalist Olivier Voisin has died from injuries suffered while working in Syria, the office of French President Francois Hollande said Sunday.

Voisin suffered a head wound and later died at a hospital in Turkey, French officials said in a written statement.

Voisin, a photographer, was working for Reporters Without Borders and was embedded with a Syrian opposition group. The media organization said Voisin was covering the civil war in Idlib when he was wounded in an explosion Thursday.

"His death is a tragic reminder of the risks taken by journalists to inform our fellow citizens, regardless of the dangers. This exemplary commitment deserves recognition for all," the French statement said.

The violence in Syria continues after nearly two years of fighting with no end in sight.

On Sunday, the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said 57 people were killed in fighting across the country. Of the casualties, 23 civilians were killed in the capital of Damascus or one of its suburbs, according to the group.

CNN cannot confirm casualties as access to the country has been severely restricted.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. saywhat

    My condolences to the family. Too many journalists have lost their lives in these hot spots.

    February 24, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    In an embarrassing for us move US blocked a UN vote to condemn terror attack by rebels that killed 100 people and wounded 250.

    February 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Foreign intervention has turned that country into a horror.

    February 24, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Read "Israel's Wall of Madness" -Golan Heights
    by Andre Vlichek & Lunden bernstein Brayer writing in Counter Punch.

    February 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 1608

    As sad as this is, it's not worth a life to let people know what's happening in a war zone.

    February 24, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    The sadder part is that these journalists lose their lives trying to get the truth out and we get to learn what is considered 'better' for us.

    February 24, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    @ saywhat, WORD! And even sadder is the fact that because of the damage Bush and Cheney have caused by getting us into 2 wars that we shouldnt have been in in the 1st place people will now not stand up and get involved in doing the right thing. Shame on us as humans for NOT distinguishing the difference between right and wrong!

    February 24, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Guess i shouldve phrased that as *supposed CIVILISED humans!*

    February 24, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    @saywhat @Chrissy, one name; Daniel Pearl!

    February 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ Mary, yep i have not forgotten.

    February 24, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dartmouth Mom

    Olivier died doing what he loved most of all–photographing the plight of people in the hope of bringing justice where injustice rules. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

    February 25, 2013 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |