KILLING FIELD: Raed al-Fares, the founder of the well-known Kafr Nabl Media Center in Idlib province, survived an assassination attempt while driving home from work on Tuesday, sustaining a bullet to the chest from a masked gunman.
Al-Fares was rushed to the hospitaland is now out of surgery, the pro-opposition Fresh Radio, which shares office space with the Kafr Nabl Media Center, announced Wednesday. “The bleeding has stopped and his condition is stable.”
A photographof al-Fares’s car indicates several bullet holes, but the windshield remains whole, suggesting the activist attempted to flee the scene.
The Kafr Nabl Media Center is known by pro-opposition Syrians as the “conscience of the revolution,” as its English and Arabic-language commentaries on the Syrian conflict seeking international aid and support to protect civilians have garnered media attention around the world.
In mid-December, as northern Syria descended into a chaos of infighting between the Free Syrian Army, the Islamic Front, Jabhat a-Nusra and others combatting the Islamic State in Iraq and a-Sham (ISIS), a group of ISIS combatants arrested and detained a number of media activists from Kafr Nabl.
(Read a full interview with one of the Kafr Nabl detainees here.)