Sky News cameraman, Gulf News reporter confirmed dead in Egypt

CAIRO – A British cameraman employed by Sky News and an Egyptian reporter working for UAE-based Gulf News were both confirmed killed during the forcible dispersal of a sit-in by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square.

In a statement, Sky News said that Mick Deane had been part of its team covering the violence in Cairo. He had worked for Sky for 15 years, first in Washington and then in Jerusalem.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said via Twitter: "I am saddened to hear of the death of cameraman Mick Deane, covering Egyptian violence. My thoughts are with his family and the Sky News team."

Meanwhile, XPRESS, a sister publication of Gulf News, confirmed the death of reporter Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz. The paper said the 26-year-old journalist had not been on an official assignment but had been visiting her native Egypt for vacation.

"It's hard to believe she's gone. She was passionate about her work and had a promising career ahead," XPRESS Deputy Editor Mazhar Farooqui said in a statement.

The Egyptian Journalists Syndicate denounced Habiba's death and urged authorities to preserve the lives of journalists covering events in the country. The syndicate also called for swift investigations into the circumstances of her death.

Earlier Wednesday, security forces moved in to disperse two main pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Giza's Nahda Square.

According to medics and eyewitnesses, at least 163 people were killed and thousands injured during the violent dispersal of the two protest sites.

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