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    Rossiya Segodnya Agency Offers Condolences Over RT Stringer's Death in Syria

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    Dmitry Kiselev, the director general of the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, on Sunday expressed condolences on behalf of the agency over the death of an RT broadcaster's stringer in Syria.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the RT's press service reported that Khaled G. Alkhateb, a stringer working with the RT Arabic, was killed in shelling carried out by Daesh (outlawed in Russia) terrorist group in Syria's western province of Homs.

    "Our agency expresses its deepest condolences to relatives and colleagues of Khalid. We are proud of his work. The sooner this bloody conflict ends, the less people, including journalists, will die in Syria," Kiselev told Sputnik.

    He also noted that the journalist died, defending the truth.

    "Politicians often do not want to know the truth, an example of such reluctance was the situation with the US bombing of the Ash Sha’irat base in April, [which happened] after claims that the Syrian army allegedly used chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun. But these politicians did not want to send their people there to check these unfounded accusations, because they understood that their lies will be revealed," Kiselev said.

    The deceased RT stringer was in the area of military operations, Kiselev pointed out.

    "He also defended such journalism that does not sit on a chair, but shows the true state of things. And journalists like Khalid, when going to dangerous places, do it on their own will, realizing the importance of their work, the importance of letting people know the truth," the Rossiya Segodnya director general said.

    Earlier in the day, Sputnik and RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said the death of the RT stringer in Syria had become a grief for everyone who knew him.


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