Egypt Reporter Dies In Hospital (PHOTO)

By: Kara Gilmour - Staff Writer
Feb 4, 2021

The Egyptian reporter who was shot last week has died, the first journalist killed in street clashes, an Egyptian newspaper reported Friday.

Reporter Ahmed Mohammed Mahmoud, 36, was shot during clashes in Cairo last week and died Friday at a local hospital according to the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper.

Al-Ahram says Mahmoud was photographing clashes on the Cairo streets from the balcony of his home, not far from Tahrir Square, when he was “shot by a sniper” on Jan. 28.

The paper says Mahmoud worked as a reporter for Al-Taawun, one of a number of newspapers published by Al-Ahram.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Friday that the Obama administration continues “to receive very disturbing reports” of “systematic targeting” of journalists in Egypt.

Gibbs reiterated the administration’s position that there needs to be “direct negotiations toward an orderly transition” of power in Egypt, according to the Associated Press. Instability is likely to continue until “concrete steps” are taken toward free and fair elections, the press secretary told wire reporters.

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