Journalists Killed  |  Syria

Abu Yezen al-Hamoui


December 26, 2012, in Hama province, Syria

A sniper believed to be affiliated with the Syrian army killed al-Hamoui, who was working as a guide for Al-Jazeera journalists in the Wadi Eldief neighborhood in Hama province, according to a report by Amr Almanery, an Al-Jazeera correspondent who was present at the time.

Al-Hamoui was taking Al-Jazeera journalists to interview opposition leaders when the network's crew came under fire, Almanery said. Al-Hamoui was hit by gunfire and died shortly after, he said. Rebel soldiers with the Free Syrian Army intervened to help the team escape the gunfire.

A video broadcast on Al-Jazeera shows the attack happening in real time. Another Al-Jazeera video shows al-Hamoui's body being taken away by Al-Jazeera journalists and rebel soldiers after the sniper attack ends.

Al-Hamoui had been a spokesman for the Revolutionary Council, a Syrian opposition group in Hama, and had documented the conflict in videos that were posted to YouTube and picked up by Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya, and local outlets. Almanery said al-Hamoui had documented a December 23 government attack on a bakery in Hilfaya that killed at least 90 civilians.

Media Support Worker: In 2003, CPJ began documenting the deaths of vital media employees such as translators, drivers, fixers, and administrative workers.

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