HOMS, Syria – As hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets on Friday to protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Syrian security forces opened fire directly on the protesters killing at least 12, and a journalist Basil al-Sayed, 24, who was reportedly shot in the head.
The Huffington Post reported that the young journalist had recorded hundreds of hours of footage of the unrest in Syria using a small red camcorder to chronicle the violence. It was that same camcorder that was used to show his being gunned down by Syrian forces.
Click here to watch the footage showing al-Sayad’s mother and relatives grieving over him before zipping up his body bad. Warning: Footage is graphic and may be unsuitable for some viewers.
It was earlier in the week when 100 members of the Arab League visited Homs to ensure that Syrian security forces were withdrawing their heavy weaponry and the Syrian army from cities where more than 5,000 Syrian people have been killed since March during protests asking Assad to form a more democratic regime or step down.
Since the visit by the Arab League, Syrian’s seem to be more energized. “This Friday is different from any other Friday. It is a transformative step. People are eager to reach the monitors and tell them about their suffering,” said activist Abu Hisham in Hama.
Assad agreed to sign a plan on Dec. 19, which demands that the government remove its security forces and start talks with the opposition. The plan was also put into place to allow human rights workers and journalists into the country and release all political prisoners.
Photos – Protests in Syria
Video – 12 killed as hundreds of thousands take to Syria’s streets