Bellou, a cameraman with the opposition news agency Shahba Press and editor of opposition station Shahba TV, was shot by a sniper while he was covering clashes between the Syrian army and the rebels in the Lairmoon district of Aleppo, according to the agency and the Syrian Journalists Association.
Ma'moun Abu Amr, editor-in-chief of Shahba Press, told CPJ that Bellou, who was accompanying the rebels, was killed instantly. Bellou was also known as Mohamed al-Endany among his friends and colleagues.
Abu Amr told CPJ that Bellou covered clashes for Shahba Press and managed its YouTube channel, which had more than 2,000 subscribers and 800,000 page views. Shahba Press publishes news coverage of local issues, including food shortages and clashes between the rebels and the Syrian army.
Shahba Press also publishes a weekly magazine called Free Syria, which is printed in Turkey and distributed in the northern areas.