Syrian blogger and activist Diyya al-Naiiar was filming a protest in Hom and zoomed in on a sniper, which ended up shooting him in the head. The shocking and disturbing footage has been circulating on YouTube.

Shocking video footage has emerged from the Syrian city of Homs in which a young man filming gunfire in the streets appears to be shot dead in cold blood by the sniper he zooms in on.

A clip circulating on YouTube begins with a male voice describing “someone shooting at citizens in Karm al-Sham on 1 July without any reason and no demonstrations.”

The cameraman is filming from an upper floor against a background of slogans being chanted. Jerky images of the street and balconies are followed by a blurred glimpse of a man in olive green, standing in the shadows, carefully moving forward and raising and firing a weapon – followed by a single shot, moaning, and distraught voices pleading for help.

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