Journalist dies of wounds from blast in Iraq's Mosul

  • Journalist dies of wounds from blast in Iraq's Mosul

Journalist dies of wounds from blast in Iraq's Mosul

France Television says Robert died from wounds suffered in a landmine blast that killed two of her colleagues in Mosul.

The mine explosion also killed French journalist Stephan Villeneuve and Iraqi reporter Bakhtiyar Haddad on June 19.

They were working for the French news programme, Envoyé spécial, which airs on France 2, a public television channel.

The journalists were accompanying Iraqi special forces during the battle to reconquer Mosul from the Islamic State group, where some 100,000 civilians are being used as "human shields" by militants, according to the UN.

Robert underwent surgery in Iraq before being transferred on Friday to the Percy hospital near Paris.

Robert was a war correspondent who had covered multiple conflicts in the Middle East, notably in Iraq, the statement said.

"The word sadness is not enough to describe how we feel", he added.

Reporters without Borders (RSF), the Paris-based media rights watchdog, also saluted her.

France Televisions and #5 Bis Productions paid tribute to Robert's work and offered their condolences to her family in the statement.

Ms Robert, who was Swiss, was one of three journalists to have died as a result of last Monday's explosion in the Iraqi city, The Local reported.

Deloire said earlier that Iraq is the deadliest country for journalists.

According to their tally, Veronique Robert's death brings the number of journalists killed in Iraq since 2014 to 29.

"War is obviously unsafe, but every death or injury is a victim too many".