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Egypt's violence fells cameraman and writers

Among the scores killed in Wednesday's violence were three journalists: a veteran cameraman for Britain's Sky News; a journalist for the XPRESS and a writer for Egypt's AlAkhbar. Several others were injured. 

By Jill LawlessAssociated Press, Maggie MichaelAssociated Press / August 14, 2013

Sky News television cameraman Mick Deane is seen in this undated handout photograph. Deane was shot and killed in Cairo on Wednesday as violence flared in Egypt, Britain's Sky News said. Deane was among three journalists killed in the attacks.

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Three journalists, including a cameraman for British broadcaster Sky News and a Dubai-based newspaper reporter, were killed and several were injured in the violence that erupted in Egypt on Wednesday.

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Media watchdogs urged Egypt to investigate all attacks on journalists and to hold those responsible to account, condemning the casualties that occurred after riot police backed by armored vehicles, bulldozers and helicopters swept away two encampments of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Scores of people were killed in the violence nationwide.

Sky news said Mick Deane, 61, was shot and wounded while covering the violent breakup of protest camps in the capital, Cairo. It said he was treated for his injuries but died soon after. The rest of the Sky crew was unhurt.

The Gulf News, a state-backed newspaper in the United Arab Emirates, reported on its website that journalist Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, 26, was shot dead near the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo as security forces moved in on a sit-in by Morsi supporters.

The newspaper said she had been on annual leave and was not on assignment at the protest for the XPRESS, a sister publication that she worked for.

Egyptian journalist Ahmed Abdel Gawad, who wrote for the state-run newspaper Al Akhbar, was killed while covering the crackdown at Rabaah al-Adawiya. The Egyptian Press Syndicate, a journalist union, confirmed Gawad's death, though it had no other information about how he was killed.

Sky said Deane had worked for the broadcaster for 15 years in the United States and the Middle East. He was married with two sons.

The broadcaster's news chief, John Ryley, said Deane was "the very best of cameramen, a brilliant journalist and an inspiring mentor to many at Sky," while British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "saddened to hear of the death."

The Gulf News said it spoke to the UAE journalist's younger sister Arwa Ramadan, who confirmed her death.

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