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DEIR EZZOR – Extremists of the Islamic State group (ISIS) have executed two prominent Syrian media activists in the stranded eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, activists reported on Saturday.
Sami al-Rabah and Mustafa al-Hass, who used to cover stories on the daily atrocities by the terror group in Deir ez-Zor, were executed by ISIS militants on Friday, an informed source and eyewitnesses confirmed to ARA News. They were both shot dead in front of a crowd of people in central Deir ez-Zor.
Both victims were working on behalf of the Deir ez-Zor Media Center, which has been documenting ISIS violations against civilians in the city and its countryside for more than a year.
This comes after ISIS militants arrested a group of Syrian media activists in Deir ez-Zor last week.
“The terror group has broke into the houses of our activists and arrested at least eight of them,” a member of the Deir ez-Zor Media Center told ARA News on the condition of anonymity for security concerns.
“After witnessing the execution of al-Rabah and al-Hass, we are highly concerned about the fate of the others.”
Speaking to ARA News in Deir ez-Zor, Mujahid al-Shami, chief of the campaign ‘Deir ez-Zor Being Slaughtered Silently’, said that media activists captured by ISIS are being executed on charges of “leaking security information to enemies”.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News