Ahmed Samir Assem, a young photographer for Egyptian newspaper Al-Horia Wa Al-Adala, was fatally shot in the head on Monday by an Egyptian soldier – while Assem was filming him.
The soldier was shooting from the rooftop of a Republican Guard building during the subsequent chaos following President Morsi’s ouster from office. Some Morsi supporters claim that the military just began shooting at innocent people without notice, while the military officials claim that supporters began storming the building.
An editor who worked with Assem stated in an interview:
“At around 6am, a man came into the media centre with a camera covered in blood and told us that one of our colleagues had been injured,” said Ahmed Abu Zeid, the culture editor of Mr Assem’s newspaper, who was working from a facility set up next to the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, about a mile away.
“Around an hour later, I received news that Ahmed had been shot by a sniper in the forehead while filming or taking pictures on top of the buildings around the incident.”
Assem was only 26 years old. Our thoughts and prayers are with Egypt at this time.