Syrian activist, journalist daughter murdered in İstanbul

Syrian opposition activist Orouba Barakat and her 22-year-old journalist daughter, Halla Barakat, were found early Friday morning with their throats slashed in their İstanbul’ apartment, the Cumhuriyet daily reported.

According to the report, Orouba Barakat conducted interviews to investigate alleged torture in prisons by the Syrian government. She published interviews in English and in Arabic to raise awareness about the situation in Syrian prisons. Barakat lived in Britain and the United Arab Emirates before coming to İstanbul.

Halla Barakat was working as an editor for Orient News, which publishes news about the Middle East.

“The hand of tyranny and injustice assassinated my sister Doctor Orouba and her daughter Halla in their apartment in İstanbul,” Orouba’s sister Shaza wrote on social media.

Shaza said her sister pursued and exposed criminals.

Turkey hosts almost 3 million Syrian refugees, many of whom oppose President Bashar al-Assad. (

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