“On November 23, 2018, the Syrians and the world woke as much as the brutal killing of civilian activists and journalists ‘Raed Al Fares’ and ‘Hamoud Junaid’, within the city of Kafr-Nabl, after being hunted by extremist teams,” the SJA assertion mentioned. “Each of the boys who have been killed have been pioneers of civil society and introduced the free voice to the world by way of the well-known banners of Kafr Nabl,” the assertion added.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based human rights group, mentioned Fares and Juneid have been killed by unidentified gunmen within the city of Kafranbel, the place their US-funded Radio Recent station was based mostly.
No group has claimed accountability for killing the 2 activists.
Fares arrange Radio Recent in 2013 to offer information on the bloody Syria battle, and particularly to northern provinces. He continued that effort till the US lower funds to rebel-held areas, together with the radio station in June 2018.
The activist believed that his native radio may unfold consciousness about many issues he advocated for, together with social justice and democracy.
Fares, born in 1972, was recognized for calling for protests, that he burdened ought to be peaceable. He was an energetic a part of that motion from day one and was additionally behind the well-known English banners in Idlib.
Because the battle progressed, al-Fares secretly filmed and launched footage displaying the struggling of the individuals in Kafranbel.
In 2014 he was shot within the chest by ISIS and was kidnapped and tortured a number of occasions, in response to the SOHR.
“I’ve recognized them for no less than four years from the early days of the liberation,” Ayman Akkad, 30, a pal of Fares, advised CNN.
“Raed is the one I am going to once I desire a thorough trustworthy advisory. …completely trustworthy and simple. He was all the time joking about what number of occasions he discovered hidden bombs round his home, he would not purchase a automotive as a result of it could be his grave. He led an eternal battle for democracy and prosperity of Syria. He advocated for proper throughout the occasions of concern, when everybody was silent. My response was like I used to be ready for it, I kinda knew it …it sounded acquainted nevertheless it was heartbreaking that it occurred”.
In a joint assertion printed on Fb, US Ambassador Jim Jeffrey, the Secretary’s Particular Consultant for Syria Engagement and Joel Rayburn, US Deputy Assistant of State and Particular Envoy for Syria mentioned the 2 deceased males “lived their lives as heroes.”
“Raed and Hamud have been patriots and activists who devoted their lives to constructing a greater future for Syria and the Syrian individuals. As symbols of the Syrian revolution and the very best of the youth for Syria, they have been among the many first revolutionaries to place their creativity and abilities to make use of to serve their individuals and their nation.”
The assertion mentioned “the treasonous, prison and malicious arms chargeable for their assassination can’t and won’t achieve erasing their legacy.”
Because the starting of Syrian revolution in 2011, a whole lot of hundreds of Syrian individuals have been killed in violence, together with dozens of Syrian activists.