Syrian anti-Daesh documentary maker killed by 'extremists' in southeastern Turkey

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A Syrian activist who produced documentaries hostile to the Daesh terrorist organization was assassinated in Turkey Sunday, according to the group with which he worked, "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently".

"Film maker Naji Jerf, father of two children, was assassinated... today in Gaziantep", on the border with Syria, with a silencer-equipped pistol, the group said in a statement on Twitter. He was allegedly killed by a Daesh supporter, British daily the Telegraph reported.

RBSS is a group of citizen journalists who work to expose human rights abuses in Raqqa, the northeastern city that Daesh uses as its de facto capital in Syria.

A friend of Jerf's said he had been "supposed to arrive in Paris this week after receiving, along with his family, a visa for asylum in France".

Jerf was also editor in chief of Hentah, a Syrian magazine that reports on the "daily lives of Syrian citizens", said the publication's website.

The 37-year-old activist had been producing a documentary on massacres carried out by Daesh militants when he was killed.

At the end of October, Daesh claimed responsibility for killing militant Ibrahim Abdelkader and a friend. They were found decapitated in a house in Şanlıurfa in southern Turkey.

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