Sky Newsman Among 278 Killed in Egypt

Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 01:42 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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A Sky News cameraman and a Mideast newspaper reporter were shot dead Wednesday as they covered the bloody clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi in Egypt.

They were among scores who have been reported killed across Egypt.

Mick Deane, 61, was mortally wounded as he filmed the breakup of pro-Morsi camps in Cairo. The married father of two had worked for the British-based Sky for 15 years.

"Everyone at Sky News is shocked and saddened by Mick's death,” Sky news chief John Ryley told the BBC.

"He was a talented and experienced journalist who had worked with Sky News for many years. The loss of a much-loved colleague will be deeply felt across Sky News."

British Prime Minister David Cameron said: "I am saddened to hear of the death of cameraman Mick Deane ... My thoughts are with his family and the Sky News team."

Also killed was Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, 26, of XPRESS, a United Arab Emirates newspaper.

She was fatally shot near Cairo’s Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque while on vacation in her native country.

"My mom spoke to her close to [early morning prayers], but when she called again at 12 noon, there was no response," her younger sister Arwa Ramadan told XPRESS's sister paper The Gulf News.

"She called again, and somebody picked up the phone and told her Habiba was dead. My dad, who is in Egypt right now, confirmed it later."

XPRESS's deputy editor Mazhar Farooqui said: "It's hard to believe she's gone. She was passionate about her work and had a promising career ahead."

Several other reporters and photojournalists were injured in the clashes which have swept across Egypt.

Photographer Asmaa Waguih of Reuters was shot in the leg, although her injuries are not life threatening.

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