Iman Al-Halabi, a local activist was assassinated last night near Al-Rashid park in the city of Al-Raqqa, east of Syria, by a masked armed group who fired at the activist from a moving car.
Sarmad Al-Jilani, a civil society activist, said that the renowned activist’s work was “independent and classified”. Al-Halabi was on her way to visit the Local Coordination Committee in Al-Raqqa, the night of her assassination, when shots were fired at her from a white car passing by. Al-Halabi was shot in the chest “in front activists and media professionals from the city” as per Al-Jilani. Al-Halabi was then rushed to a nearby hospital, but she passed away.
Al-Jilani noted that it is well known that the area is full of Free Syrian Army fighters; yet no one "attempted to stop the car".
Moreover, Hassan Al-Rafea, a media activist, died last night after having suffered from health issues, which turned out to be caused by a poisonous injection he had received while hospitalized in the Al-Raqqa National Hospital, where he was transferred few days prior to his death.
Al-Rafea’s death was also attributed to be an assassination as he is a member of Media Without Borders, an organization that works on reporting news from Al-Raqqa.
Media and activist communities are fearful of becoming themselves targets after such assassinations took place. Most accusations are directed towards The Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant, which has a powerful military and security presence in the city.