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Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Hozan Abdel Halim Mahmoud

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 18 December 2012
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Hozan Abdel Halim Mahmoud, 18 December 2012, available at: [accessed 21 February 2018]
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November 19, 2012, in Ras al-Ain, Syria

Mahmoud, a contributor to the local news website Basma Syria (Syria's Fingerprint), was killed by sniper fire while filming clashes between rebel forces and armed members of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, in Ras al-Ain in Al-Hasakah province near the Turkish border, according to the news outlet and local press reports. Mahmoud had covered the Syrian uprising primarily from the northeastern city of Qamishli near the Turkish border.

The Syrian opposition had accused the PYD, which is affiliated with the Kurdistan Worker's Party, or PKK, of working as President Bashar al-Assad's agents in Kurdish areas of Syria, according to news reports. Government forces had pulled out of the Kurdish areas of Al-Hasakah and Aleppo provinces, leaving control to the PYD, news reports said.

Basma Syria was formed by citizen journalists in July 2012 to cover the uprising and its effect on civilian life. The news website featured video reports, written reports, and photos from around the country. Mahmoud, 19, worked as its correspondent in Qamishli reporting on demonstrations and clashes there, providing both footage and news reports. Born in 1993, Mahmoud was also a student in computer engineering.

Job:Camera Operator, Internet Reporter
Beats Covered:War
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Crossfire/Combat-Related
Suspected Source of Fire:Paramilitary Group
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