Al-Ezzo, a videographer who worked with the Syrian Media Center, an opposition-aligned organization documenting the civil conflict, died from wounds he sustained after being shot multiple times by a sniper in the Homs neighborhood of Al-Abbasiya, according to Al-Jazeera and other news reports. He was reporting on clashes between the Syrian army and rebel fighters in Al-Abbasiya at the time, news reports said.
Al-Ezzo, popularly known as Abu Musaab al-Homsi, regularly contributed his coverage to local news outlets. He also served as a spokesman for the Syrian Media Center.
With an effective ban on foreign journalists and with local media neutralized, international media relied heavily on reporting and footage shot by al-Ezzo and other citizen journalists.