Syrian reconciliation coordinator Ahmad al-Ghadban was assassinated in public on Saturday after departing from a meeting with leaders of rebel groups in the Damascus Countryside Province.
According to Syrian SANA news agency, the assassination occurred hours after a deal was struck in favor of water restoration to the Wadi Barada area.
The assassin has not been identified, nor apprehended. According to Reuters and other Syrian news agencies, a sniper opened fire on al-Ghadban’s vehicle after leaving the meeting in Ayn al-Figeh village.
No group or organization has officially claimed responsibility for the assassination. However, investigators believe the shooter was either a member of terrorist cells Ahrar Al-Sham or Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham.
It’s also possible the attack may have been politically motivated over a government deal to restore water to the war-torn region of Wadi Barada.
In late December, militants contaminated the Barada River water source with diesel fuel, which left more than five million people without water for more than two weeks.
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