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Unknown gunmen kill Syrian journalist Ibrahim al-Munjar in eastern Daraa
May 21, 2018
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

Two unknown gunmen killed Ibrahim al-Munjar, a correspondent for the Syrian news website Sy24 in the southern Syrian province of Daraa. Al-Munjar was killed in the city of Saida on May 17, according to his employer, news reports, and the Syrian Journalists Association.

Two unknown gunmen riding a motorcycle shot al-Munjar in front of his house in Saida, east of Daraa, hitting him in the neck and killing him instantly, according to news reports and Ghaith Hammour, editor-in-chief of Sy24.

Hammour told CPJ, "Al-Munjar covered social and humanitarian issues. The last story he covered for Sy24 was an award ceremony for outstanding students in the countryside of Daraa. However, he received many threats from [the militant group] Islamic State [IS] last year. That is why he had to move to Saida from his hometown Tal Shibab." Hammour added, "He used to cover the clashes between the Free Syrian Army and IS in Daraa province before he joined Sy24 six months ago."

Prior to joining Sy24, al-Munjar had worked for other Syrian outlets that criticized and documented violations by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, including the Shaam News Network and the SMART News Agency.

Troops aligned with al-Assad have recently shelled the city of Daraa and rebel factions, including IS-backed Jaysh Khaled Ibn al-Waleed, have been engaging in clashes in Daraa province, according to the London-based human rights organization Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.