Exclusive: How Syria’s hard-line rebels turned against a human rights activist
24 July 2021 | 3:49 pm
The disappearance of Razan Zaitouneh and her colleagues has been one of the greatest mysteries of the Syrian war — until today. DW's investigative unit hunted clues across six countries to track down the perpetrators.
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