Sana al-Thawra, Moadamyat Al-Sham Media Center
March 14, 2013, in Damascus, Syria
Natouf was killed during government shelling of the Damascus suburb of Moadamyat al-Sham, according to his employer, Sana al-Thawra, and news reports. He was filming government shelling in a residential area near the neighborhood mosque when he was hit by rocket fire, the Moadamyat al-Sham Media Center reported on its Facebook page.
Natouf was a reporter and videographer for Sana al-Thawra (Syrian Arab News Agency of the Revolution), the rival pro-opposition news agency to the pro-government Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). The agency provides news and reports from around the country and covers the conflict, politics, clashes, and protests. Its broadcasts are picked up by several regional news outlets including Al-Jazeera.
Natouf was also a contributor to the local media collective, the Moadamyat Al-Sham Media Center, a group of opposition citizen journalists who cover the Syrian revolution in Moadamyat al-Sham and publish unattributed videos online. The center has published hundreds of videos and reached almost a million views since the establishment of its YouTube channel in September 2012.
The Moadamyat Al-Sham Media Center posted a video on its Facebook page that it said was taken by Natouf the day he died. The video captured the explosion of a building after a rocket attack.
Job: Camera Operator
Beats Covered: War
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Crossfire/Combat-Related
Suspected Source of Fire: Military Officials