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Syrian Anti-IS Filmmaker 'Assassinated' In Turkey

A Syrian journalist and activist who recently produced a documentary hostile to Islamic State (IS) militants was shot dead in Turkey on December 27.

"Filmmaker Naji Jerf, father of two children, was in Gaziantep," on the border with Syria, with a pistol equipped with a silencer, the the group with which he worked, Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, said in a statement on Twitter.

Jerf recently produced a film documenting abuses by the extremist IS group while its fighters were active in the city of Aleppo in northern Syria.

He also served as editor in chief of Hentah, a monthly magazine distributed inside Syria.

AFP quoted a friend of Jerf's as saying that he was "supposed to arrive in Paris this week after receiving, along with his family, a visa for asylum in France."

It was not the first time that Syrians opposed to IS militants have been slain in Turkey. The terrorist group claimed responsibility for the October killing of a prominent Syrian anti-IS activist and his friend in the city of Sanliurfa.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa