Al-Nimir, and two of his colleagues, Issam Obeid and Abdel Karim
Nazir Ismail, were killed when a mortar shell hit them while they were filming
clashes between security forces and armed rebels in the southern Damascus
suburb of Arbin, according to news reports.
The rebel Free Syrian Army captured Arbin
in July 2012, but has been engaged in continuous battle with Syrian government
forces over the suburb, according to news reports.
The three videographers contributed to the Syrian Media
local news organization that has posted thousands of videos and news stories
documenting the Syrian conflict since March 2011.
The Syrian Media Center posts news and
reports from around the country covering the conflict, politics, clashes, and
protests and is picked up by several regional news outlets including
Al-Jazeera. The center does not publish footage under individual bylines.
With an effective ban on foreign journalists and with local
media neutralized, international media relied heavily on reporting and footage
shot by al-Nimir and other citizen journalists.