Sky News cameraman from Britain Mick Deane shot dead in Egypt violence

Sky News cameraman, Mick Deane

Sky News cameraman, Mick Deane

A Britain’s Sky News cameraman Mick Deane has been shot dead on Wednesday while covering clashes between security forces and pro-Morsi protesters in the Cairo district of Rabaa.

Mick Deane, 61, father of two children, had worked for Sky for 15 years and was a veteran cameraman who had been earlier based in Washington DC and then Jerusalem.

He was shot during the raid on activists camped in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in Cairo, where thousands of supporters of Mr. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood had staged a six-week sit-in.

He was the member of Sky News reporting team with the channel’s Middle East correspondent Sam Kiley at the spot when he was shot and wounded.

Deane said to have received medical treatment for his injuries, but died shortly after reaching the hospital.

No other member of the Sky News reporting team, covering the violence, was hurt.

The head of Sky News, John Ryley, described Mick as “the very best of cameramen, a brilliant journalist and an inspiring mentor to many at Sky”.

Mr. Ryley has added: “Everyone at Sky News is shocked and saddened by Mick’s death.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family. We will give them our full support at this extremely difficult time.”

The channel’s foreign editor Tim Marshall said: “He was a friend. Our hearts go out to his family.

“He died doing what he’d been doing so brilliantly for decades.”

U.K. Prime Minister, David Cameron has said: “I am saddened to hear of the death of cameraman Mick Deane, covering Egyptian violence. My thoughts are with his family and Sky News team.”

Foreign Office Minister, Alistair Burt has also said to be saddened by the news.

Egyptian security forces captured two huge Cairo protest camps occupied for weeks by supporters of Egypt’s exiled president Mohamed Morsi, killing a minimum of 124 people in a crackdown that turned into a bloodbath.

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