Third Member of Anti-ISIS Activist Group in Raqqa “RBSS” Killed in Turkey

Third Member of Anti-ISIS Activist Group in Raqqa “RBSS” Killed in Turkey
Mon Dec 28, 2015 18:11:30

A prominent Syrian journalist and filmmaker, who produced anti-ISIS documentaries was gunned down by unknown assailants in broad daylight in Gaziantep, Turkey. This is the third assassination of a journalist in the country over the last three months.

Naji Jerf, editor-in-chief of the Hentah monthly, known for his documentaries describing violence and abuses on ISIS-controlled territories (IS, Daesh or ISIL) was shot and killed near a building housing Syrian independent media outlets in the Turkish city of Gaziantep.

His death was originally reported by a group of citizen journalists he was working with.

In October, two Syrian journalists, Ibrahim Abd al-Qader and Fares Hamadi – also an early member of RBSS (“Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently”) group – were found slain in an apartment in the town of Urfa in southeastern Turkey.

Ibrahim Abd al-Qader and Fares Hamadi


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According to reports, Naji Jerf was hit by a bullet in the head as he was walking in the street. He was taken to hospital, where he died. The attack happened in front of security cameras nearby, according to Turkish news outlet T24 website.

The Brussels-based European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has said in a statement for RT that “the EFJ strongly calls on Turkish authorities to step up measures to protect Syrian journalists and media workers based in Turkey.”

Earlier in November, president of the bar association and a campaigner for Kurdish rights, Tahir Elci was shot dead by unknown gunmen on a street in Diyarbakir in Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkey.

Can Erimtan of the Istanbul Gazette has told RT the murderers might be “local supporters of ISIS, given the fact they knew where to go and how to do their business.”

Erimtan added “there is a clear link between ISIS and the Ankara government” and “[there is] a lot of ISIS activity in the country, [while] the authorities are either unwilling to take drastic measures [or are unaware] of what to do.”