by Deanna Maria R & Emmy Hikins
BBC News reports, a ‘symbol to the Syrian people’ was allegedly murdered by a faction of the Syrian National Army (SNA), which Turkey allegedly supports. Hevrin Khalaf, a Syrian-Kurdish political leader, was allegedly executed by rebel group Ahrar al-Sharqiya, a faction that fights for the SNA, at a checkpoint on her way to headquarters in Raqqa. Ahrar al-Sharqiya denies any wrong-doing.
Hevrin Khalaf, was seen as a peacemaker and fought for unity, campaigning to all that would listen, in Arab areas as well as Kurdish ones. She was brutally murdered on October 12, 2019 at the age of 34. On her way to headquarters in Raqqa, a three-hour drive from where she lived, the SNA faction claims they shot at a car that didn’t stop at the checkpoint and they were not ‘specifically’ targeting Hevrin Khalaf. During an investigation, new evidence, allegedly tells a different story.
Although there was Ahrar al-Sharqiya fighters at the checkpoint, a statement was made that the group that was at the checkpoint was rogue and did not have permission to be there at that time. Ahrar al-Sharqiya denies any wrong-doing but no statement was given to BBC News when they reached out to Turkish leaders who allegedly support the SNA. Although Hevrin Khalaf’s car was found riddled with bullets, according to medical reports, it wasn’t a drive-by shooting that killed her. Allegedly, she had been severely beaten and tortured after being dragged from the car. A witness that came upon the car, after the execution, said several bodies, including Hevrin’s were by her vehicle, her face had been disfigured. Her family friends, and party co-worker’s morn her loss not only for themselves but also for the Syrian people.