The partner of a Japanese war reporter shot dead in Syria has urged Damascus to investigate her death, saying she had been ambushed by pro-government forces.
Kazutaka Sato, who was the common-law husband of Mika Yamamoto and with her when she was shot dead in Aleppo on August 20, said the international community could never forgive the deliberate targeting of reporters.
'I suspect the government side is afraid to see Western journalists, including us, report facts,' said Sato, 56, a long-time colleague of Yamamoto.
The 45-year-old veteran war correspondent came under fire from what Sato said appeared to be pro-government troops in Aleppo, Syria's second city, which has borne the brunt of fighting in the country over the past month.
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