A young female activist from Yabroud in Damascus countryside, was executed by militants in the early hours of Friday morning, June 21.
Roula Adnan (24), woke early — part of a daily routine as devout Muslim. Neighbours woke to the sound of shooting and later learned that she had been assassinated by masked gunmen.
Roula had been an administrator of the Yabroud News Facebook page. With social media an extremely popular method of communication and networking in Syria, administrators of pages are often targeted by armed groups which operate under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
A bounty was put on the heads of the previously anonymous administrators — one million Syrian pounds. It is common for social media users in Syria to conceal their identities due to the ruthless nature of foreign insurgents who often target civilians they perceive as not supportive of the war against the state.
Roula Adnan was shot several times in her home and in front of her family. Before being hunted down, the gunmen had earlier broke into the home of another family. The militant group dragged a man into the street — firing shots into his hands and feet.
Militant groups under the FSA umbrella have reportedly laid down extremist and strict laws based on their interpretation of Islam. Human rights abuses, summary executions, mutilation and beatings are the norm in areas overrun and occupied by militants.
In Aleppo, FSA commanders along with Jabhat al-Nusra militants implement a strict a Sharia court regime. Earlier this month, a fifteen-year old boy was publicly executed. As with Roula Adnan’s parents, the mother and father of the boy were forced to witness the execution.