Syrian Journalist Dies of His Wounds in Restive Suburb of Damascus
    2012-01-02 22:08:29     Xinhua       Web Editor: Liuyuanhui
A Syrian journalist died Monday of his wounds after being shot on Friday by armed men in a restive suburb of the capital Damascus.

The 56-year-old Shukry Abu Burghol, was shot by gunmen last Friday in his house at the Damascus suburb of Darya during an anti- government protest there, an official source at Syria's state-run radio told Xinhua.

The source said Burghol had received death threats by unknown parties due to his work in the official media.

Burghol, who had worked for state-run al-Thawra daily, "was an active journalist in defending his homeland," said the source.

The slain journalist's son, Adham, told the state-TV that " while sitting at home on Friday we heard heavy gunshot near our house and my father wanted to know the reason but once he stood up to see what was going on, a bullet tore through the window and hit his eye."

Burghul was the first journalist get killed during the nearly 10-month-old unrest.

The Syrian government has recently said that a total of 2,000 army and security personnel have been killed during the months- long unrest. The United Nations put the total death toll in the country at more than 5,000.

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