Syrian actor killed – allegedly for supporting the president
The well-known Syrian-born Palestinian actor Mohammed Rafia is believed to have been killed by rebels because of his support for President Bashar al-Assad.
“His death is a sign of the abyss of personal hatred and violence into which Syria has fallen,” wrote BBC’s reporter Sebastian Usher.
An extremist rebel group says it killed him, though this cannot be verified.
The funeral for Mohammed Rafia was held at a military hospital in the Syrian capital Damascus with soldiers carrying his coffin.
The 30-year-old actor was known for his very public support for the Syrian leader. On YouTube, he can be seen backing the Syrian government line in eloquent English that the protesters and opposition fighters are nothing but terrorists:
BBC News – 5 November 2012:
Syria funeral held for pro-Assad actor Mohammed Rafia