داعش في حلبISIL in Aleppo
By Naji Jerf
Syrian Journalist Who Documented ISIS Atrocities Is Killed in Turkey
ISTANBUL — A Syrian journalist and filmmaker who documented atrocities by the Islamic State in Syria and trained hundreds of citizen journalists has been killed in a Turkish town near the Syria border, rights activists said Monday, calling the death an assassination.
The killing of the journalist, Naji Jerf, in Gaziantep, Turkey, happened on Sunday, one day before he and his family were scheduled to fly to France, where they were seeking asylum. Unconfirmed news reports from Gaziantep said that he had been shot to death.
Mr. Jerf had recently posted on YouTube a documentary on the killing of Syrian activists during the Islamic State’s occupation of the Syrian city of Aleppo in 2013 and 2014. It was recently broadcast by the television network Al Arabiya.
His death was the latest in a string of killings of activists and observers who have drawn attention to human rights abuses during the nearly five-year civil war in Syria.
In October, Ibrahim Abdel Qader, a co-founder of Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, an acclaimed effort by citizen journalists to document Syrian human rights abuses, and an activist, Fares Hammadi, were killedin southeastern Turkey.