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French journalist killed while covering Syrian civil war

By CNN Staff
updated 8:04 AM EST, Mon February 25, 2013
Journalist Olivier Voisin died from injuries suffered while working in Syria. Here is one of his photos from Aleppo's Old City.
Journalist Olivier Voisin died from injuries suffered while working in Syria. Here is one of his photos from Aleppo's Old City.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • French photojournalist dies as a result of head wounds, French officials say
  • He was covering a battle in Idlib, Reporters Without Borders media group says
  • French officials send condolences, say death is reminder of risks
  • Opposition group says 57 people were killed Sunday in fighting across the country

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(CNN) -- 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.

Who controls what in Syria?

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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