November 25, 2018 / 5:38 PM / 23 days ago

France's Macron praises courage of slain Syrian radio activist Fares

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron takes part in a conference at the UCL university in Louvain-La-Neuve, on the last day of an official state visit in Belgium, November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Pool/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday praised the courage of Raed al-Fares, a prominent activist who was gunned down along with his friend Hamoud al-Juneid in Syria on Friday.

Fares was a pro-democracy activist who ran a radio station in Idlib, northwestern Syria, that provided independent news and satirised both President Bashar al-Assad and opposition insurgents.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said unidentified gunmen shot and killed Fares, along with his friend Hamoud al-Juneid, in Kafranbel, home to his Radio Fresh station.

“Raed al-Fares and Hamoud al-Juneid were killed in a cowardly way. They were the conscience of the revolution and peacefully stood up against the crimes of the regime and terrorists. We will not forget the resistants of Kafranbel,” Macron said on Twitter.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Richard Balmforth

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