On September 10, a prominent opposition leader in the southern Syrian governorate of Daraa known as Muhammad Jamal al-Jalm was assassinated.
Unidentified gunmen shot al-Jalm in front of his house in the town of Jasim in northern Daraa. Al-Jalm was quickly hospitalized. However, he died of his wounds in a short time.
Al-Jalm was a judge in the “House of Justice in Houran,” an Islamic court that ruled over Daraa when the governorate was controlled by Free Syrian Army factions.
عملية اغتيال ليلة أمس في مدينة جاسم للشيخ أبو البراء الجلم (محمد جمال الجلم)
عضو اللجنة المركزية في درعا، ومن قادة الحراك الثوري منذ بداياته في حوران
المتهم الأول هو النظام
رحمه الله pic.twitter.com/MtYfvTgSu8
— أحمد أبازيد (@abazeid89) September 11, 2020
Following the 2018 reconciliation agreement, al-Jalm, who is also known as “Abu Baraa,” became a member of Daraa’s Reconciliation Council.
According to several sources, al-Jalm was recently involved in a series of successful talks with Syrian security officials. The talks resulted in an agreement that boosted cooperation between local fighters and security forces in Jasim.
Last May, ISIS-affiliated militants killed three senior members of the Reconciliation Council in Daraa. The terrorist group, which is active in northern Daraa, may have been behind the assassination of al-Jalm.
ISIS and other sides are working to sabotage any understanding between the government and local fighters in Daraa. A state of lawlessness is now prevailing over the governorate. A day earlier, a senior Syrian general was killed there.
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