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Syrian rebels tried to get me killed, says Channel 4 correspondent | Media | guardian.co.uk

Syrian rebels tried to get me killed, says Channel 4 correspondent | Media | guardian.co.uk:
Alex Thomson says crew was led to 'free-fire zone' as deaths would discredit Bashar al-Assad's regime


Ben Dowell
guardian.co.uk, Friday 8 June 2012 13.36 BST

Alex Thompson
Channel 4 News correspondent Alex Thomson said his team were fired upon and forced to take evasive action

The chief correspondent of Channel 4 News has claimed that Syrian rebels deliberately tried to get him and his crew killed by gunfire from government forces in a bid to discredit the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Alex Thomson alleged a small group from the Free Syrian Army deliberately guided the vehicle in which he and his Channel 4 News colleagues were travelling into what he described as a "free-fire zone" on a blocked road near the city of al-Qusayr, because "dead journos are bad for Damascus".

Thomson said that after being led into a "no man's land" between Syrian army and rebel forces by four men in a black car, his team were fired upon and forced to take evasive action, eventually managing to "floor it back to the road we'd been led in on"...