Al-Khal, a videographer who documented unrest in the eastern city of Deir al-Zour, was killed in government shelling of the Hamidiya neighborhood while covering ongoing clashes between government forces and the rebel Free Syrian Army, according to DeirEzzorTV, a local news broadcaster, and the Shaam News Network.
Al-Khal had contributed hundreds of hours of footage to the Shaam News Network and DeirEzzorTV, including that of clashes, civilian injuries, and fighting since the start of the Syrian uprising in March 2011, the same sources said.
International media relied heavily on footage shot by citizen journalists such as al-Khal. Shaam has posted tens of thousands of videos documenting the unrest in Syria since the uprising began in March 2011. The network's footage has been used by international news organizations such as Al-Jazeera and the BBC.