DAMASCUS, July 30 (Xinhua) -- A reporter with the Russia Today (RT) TV channel was killed on Sunday by Islamic State (IS) militants while covering Syrian army operations, local media reported.
Khaled al-Khatib, 25, was killed in the eastern part of the central province of Homs when IS militants targeted the RT reporting team with a rocket shell, according to the reports.
Another Syrian Army official, who has not been identified yet, was also killed in the shelling, the RT network said on its website.
Syrian government forces, backed by Russian Air Force, have reached the outskirts of the Sukhneh town, the last IS stronghold in Homs, a military source told Xinhua Friday.
The Syrian army has been carrying out a crushing offensive over the past few months in Homs to end the presence of IS there.