Journalist covering Syria fighting killed

US President Barack Obama warned Syria of “enormous consequences” if it resorts to chemical weapons, as regime forces launched a wave of air and ground attacks and a Japanese reporter was killed in Aleppo.

Regime fighter jets and shells struck towns in northern Syria and areas in Damascus on Tuesday, killing nine people including women and children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Japanese reporter Mika Yamamoto, 45, died after coming under fire from up to 15 apparently pro-government troops as she covered the anti-regime movement in the key northern hub of Aleppo on Monday, a colleague said.

Her death brings to four the number of foreign journalists who have lost their lives in Syria. Obama put Assad’s regime on notice Monday that although he had not ordered military intervention “at this point,” the United States was “monitoring the situation very carefully.”

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