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Al-Jazeera reporter wounded in Syria

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SUZAN FRASER | July 30, 2012 11:30 AM EST | AP


ANKARA, Turkey — An Al-Jazeera cameraman says a colleague was wounded while they were covering clashes in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo.

Hakan Bayginer says Ankara-based Al-Jazeera correspondent Omar Khashram was injured Monday after a mortar round fell near their car. He says Khashram was injured by shrapnel in areas unprotected by his flak jacket. Bayginer was traveling in the same car but escaped unharmed.

Bayginer says Khashram, who worked for Al-Jazeera's Arabic service, was taken to Turkey for treatment and is conscious and in stable condition.

Khashram is a Palestinian who holds Turkish and Jordanian citizenships.

Al-Jazeera's press department could not be immediately reached for comment, but a newsroom employee who answered a call confirmed that Khashram was injured.