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French Journalist Killed In Syria

Antigovernment demonstrators protest in the city of Homs on January 9.
A French television reporter has been killed in the Syrian city of Homs, the first Western journalist to die in the country's ongoing unrest.

The France 2 public television channel said its journalist, Gilles Jacquier, was on a government-authorized trip to the city.

At least one other foreign journalist was reportedly wounded in the incident. Syrian television said at least eight people were killed.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe called for full clarification of what happened.

Homs is one of the flashpoints of the 10-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Earlier on January 11, a former member of the Arab League's monitoring mission called it a "farce."

Algerian monitor Anwar Malek said he had resigned because he found himself "serving" the Syrian regime by allowing it to continue the killing of protesters.

Meanwhile, Assad addressed supporters in a public square in Damascus, vowing to defeat what he called a "conspiracy."

UN figures show that at least 400 people have been killed in Syria since the arrival of the monitoring mission two weeks ago.

The UN has previously said that more than 5,000 people had been killed since the beginning of the uprising.

compiled from agency reports