French journalist Gilles Jacquier is among almost a dozen people who were killed in an attack in Homs, Syria today. Working for France 2 TV, Jacquier was reportedly killed when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the vehicle in which he was travelling. About 8 or 9 Syrians were also killed. The situation is quite chaotic, so new details are emerging all the time.
Gilles Jacquier had worked in a number of combat zones around the world, including Kosov, Iraq, Afghanistan and Algeria during a career spanning more than 20 years. He is believed to be the first western journalist to be killed in Syria. In 2003 he won the Prix Albert Londres for his documentary Nablus. The French news show Envoye Special, for which Jacquier worked, has produced this 2:36 French language tribute video covering some of his work.
The Guardian‘s Ian Black wrote this account of what happened, and added a 2:48 entry via Audioboo. Another account have been provided by the BBC’s Mohammed Ballout. Meanwhile, the blame game has begun, with both sides of the Syrian conflict blaming one another for Jacquier’s death. It has also emerged that a Dutch journalist required hospital treatment in Homs today for an eye injury; earlier reports suggested he was Belgian.