Syria opposition activist and daughter found dead in Istanbul

Angelica Greene
September 24, 2017

Posted: Sep. 22, 2017 8:00 am Updated: Sep.

A prominent Syrian opposition activist and her journalist daughter have been found murdered in Turkey allegedly by members of Bashar Al-Assad's security forces.

Police discovered the bodies of 60-year-old Orouba Barakat and 23-year-old Hala Barakat, a US citizen, after friends and family in Turkey and Syria raised the alarm following several days without contact, according to residents of their Uskudar neighborhood and the semiofficial Anadolu news agency.

The Hurriyet daily said forensic investigators believed that they had been killed two or three days ago and the attacker had poured lime over the corpses and wrapped them in blankets to prevent any smell.

"The hand of terrorism and tyranny is the prime suspect in this heinous crime of assassination", the National Coalition said in a statement.

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Orouba had left Syria in the 1980s, worked as a journalist in Arab newspapers, covering economic and political affairs. Ultimately, Mueller died while in ISIS custody after American officials were unable to secure her release, in part because official USA policy forbade the making of ransom payments to the group. Orouba and Halla were like a mother and sister to Kayla. -Syrian husband, a physician in the United States, Shaza Barakat said.

She and her mother were cousins to Deah Barakat, 23, one of three young Muslims who were fatally shot by a neighbor in Chapel Hill in 2015.

It said her daughter was a journalist with Orient News, a Syrian opposition broadcaster. She had backed the uprising against Assad and had supported the opposition, even as she was critical of some opposition groups.

Four other Syrian journalists have been killed in Turkey since 2015, according to the CPJ, and the group is once again calling on the Turkish government to do a better job protecting Syrian journalists who have taken refuge in the country.

Other reports by GizPress

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