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Reuters said Taras Protsyuk, 35, was killed when his room in the Palestine Hotel in central Baghdad was hit by a tank shell.
In Madrid, Telecinco said its cameraman, Jose Couso, 37, died after undergoing surgery from wounds suffered in the shelling of the hotel. He was the second Spaniard killed in Iraq this week.
U.S. commanders said its troops were firing at snipers who were shooting mortars and small-arms fire from the hotel, the main base for foreign journalists staying in Baghdad.
Earlier, an Al-Jazeera correspondent, Tareq Ayyoub, a Jordanian, was killed when the Qatar-based satellite television's Baghdad office was hit during fighting between the coalition forces and Iraqis.Mr. Protsyuk, a Ukrainian national based in Warsaw, was in his hotel room at the time of the shelling, Reuters said.
Samia Nakhoul, Reuters' Gulf bureau chief, was wounded in the blast along with British technician Paul Pasquale and Iraqi photographer Faleh Kheiber, also Reuters employees. None of the injuries were life-threatening, the news agency said.
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