A French photojournalist going by the name of “Mani” provided London’s Channel 4 News with rattling footage this week from the clashes in Homs, Syria, which the station aired on Wednesday.
Channel 4 followed up with the story on Friday , saying that the response to the Homs footage has been “huge.” The British station included a note from U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, which read:
“Thank you for sharing the link. A superb report – very much worth seeing. It doesn’t say what happened to the Mukhbarat snipers in the building finally seized, but we can imagine… note the part about the city dividing into sunni/alawi quarters with no movement between. Fits with what we’d started hearing two months ago.”
This video has begun to go viral this weekend, with around 2, views on Channel 4′s YouTube upload at the time of publishing this article. Major news outlets around the world, as well as social network users, continue to share the footage with one another.
This comes at a time of serious speculation regarding Syrian troops targeting journalists, and two days after the deaths of two western journalists — war correspondent Marie Colvin and French photojournalist Remi Ochlik. Media organizations continue to try to remove their employees out of harm’s way, and calls continue to allow two injured western journalists, Edith Bouvier of Le Figaro and British photographer Paul Conroy of the Sunday Times, to exit the country and receive medical attention.