Syrian opposition activist, daughter murdered in Istanbul

Syrian opposition activist, daughter murdered in Istanbul

An American-born journalist and her Syrian activist mother were reported to have been stabbed to death in their home in the Turkish city of Istanbul, the latest victims of attacks targeting Syrian activists in Turkey.

Her mother, Dr. Orouba Barakat, was an active member of the Syrian National Coalition, a prominent expatriate opposition group, and had been exiled by the Syrian regime in the 1980s.

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It said her daughter was a journalist with Orient News, a Syrian opposition broadcaster.

In an emotional tribute to her aunt on Facebook, Deah's sister Suzanne Barakat wrote: "How many more beloved family members will I lose to hatred and violence?"

"We call on Turkish authorities to find those responsible for the murders of Halla Barakat and Orouba Barakat, and bring them to justice", CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said.

Shaza Barakat's son was killed by the regime in Syria.

The US State Department has released a statement saying it was "deeply saddened" by their deaths.

Orouba Barakat (L) and her daughter Halla Barakat.

Tributes have also been paid on social media, including one by fellow journalist and friend of Halla, Razan Saffour.

Since the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, Turkey houses almost three million Syrian refugees, many of them are opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.

The killings sparked global outrage, especially on social media where the hashtag #ChapelHillShooting was used hundreds of thousands of times.

In 2015, three Syrian activists from Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, an activist group that opposes so-called anti-Islamic State (IS), were murdered in Turkey.

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