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Syrian journalist working for Anadolu Agency killed in Russian airstrike on rebel-held Idlib

An Anadolu Agency freelance journalist was killed in a Russian airstrike in Idlib province in northwestern Syria on Sunday, according to the White Helmets civil defense agency.

Anas Diab, a 22-year-old freelance and rescuer with the , was killed while reporting Russian airstrikes on his hometown of Khan Sheikhun.

"Diab was doing his journalistic duty in very dangerous areas," Mustafa Haj Youssef, the White Helmets director in Idlib, told .

"He was working to take the voice of Idlib and Syria to the whole world," he said.

Last year, Diab was injured in a Syrian regime airstrike and was dispatched to Turkey for medical treatment.

Regime forces and Russian warplanes intensified attacks on de-escalation zones in northern in recent days.

Turkey and Russia agreed last September to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression would be expressly prohibited.

The regime, however, has consistently broken the terms of the ceasefire, launching frequent attacks inside the de-escalation zone.

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