BEIRUT -- A Syrian state television cameraman was slain outside his home in Damascus, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported Saturday.
Haidar Smoudi was the ninth state-employed journalist killed by "armed terrorist groups," the news agency said. The Syrian government and its agencies commonly refer to rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar Assad as "terrorists."
There was no claim of responsibility in the shooting, but anti-government groups have been suspected of carrying out previous attacks against state–employed journalists.
The 21-month-old rebellion has claimed as many as 40,000 lives, according to the opposition. A United Nations panel described the conflict this week as increasingly sectarian and detailed abuses by both government forces and rebels.