A cameraman for the British broadcaster Sky News and a reporter for a United Arab Emirates-based newspaper were among scores killed Wednesday in Egypt, where security forces clashed with supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.
Sky News said Mick Deane, 61, was shot while covering the disturbances in Cairo, where troops stormed two protest camps.
“Despite receiving medical treatment for his injuries, he died shortly afterwards,” Sky said in a statement. “None of the other members of the Sky News team were injured in the incident.”
Gulf News reported that Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz was shot near Cairo's Rabaa al Adawiya mosque, where Morsi supporters have been camped out for more than a month. The 26-year-old reporter was not on assignment for XPRESS, a sister publication, and had returned to her home country on leave, the newspaper said.
Tributes poured for the journalists.
Sky News described Deane as a “hugely experienced” journalist, who had worked for the broadcaster for 15 years.
“He was an astonishingly good cameraman, took some brilliant pictures,” said John Ryley, head of Sky News. “He was also good fun after the job was done ... and I’m really going to miss him, like lots of people here.”
Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "I am saddened to hear of the death of cameraman Mick Deane, covering Egyptian violence. My thoughts are with his family and @SkyNews team."
XPRESS Deputy Editor Mazhar Farooqui told Gulf News that the entire team was in shock.
“It’s hard to believe she’s gone. She was passionate about her work and had a promising career ahead,” Farooqui was quoted as saying.