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Syrian Blogger Stabbed in His Istanbul Home After Receiving Threats Online

Categories: Activism, Harassment, Human Rights, Threatened Voices, Syria, Turkey, Middle East & North Africa
Asaad Hanna. Photo from Twitter banner, @AsaadHannaa.

Asaad Hanna. Photo from Twitter banner, @AsaadHannaa.

Syrian blogger and journalist Assad Hanna, who is also a Global Voices author [1], was attacked and stabbed four times in the stomach in his home in Istanbul, Turkey, last night.

On Facebook, Hanna, who has been receiving various threats online, reports [2]:

تعرضت مساء امس لهجوم على بيتي من شخص مجهول ضربني بشي حاد ببطني اربع طعنات مما سبب دخولي للمشفى وخرجت قبل قليل للمنزل
لا اتهم احد بالموضوع لكن لا استطيع ان اقول انها صدفة، فالفاعل طرق الباب وضربني ولم يسرق شيئ من البيت، وكان قد سبق عدة جهات وان ارسلت لي تهديدات.
انا بصحة جيدة وقمت بتقديم ضبط للشرطة

I was attacked in my home last night by an unknown person who stabbed me in the stomach four times. I was treated in hospital and was just released. I don't accuse anyone but I cannot say it was a coincidence as the assailant knocked on the door, attacked me and did not steal anything from the house. I have been previously threatened by different factions.
My health is fine and I filed a police report

Blogger Asaad Hanna receiving treatment at an Istanbul hospital after being stabbed in his home earlier today. Photo credit: Asaad Hanna's Facebook page [3]

Blogger Asaad Hanna receiving treatment at an Istanbul hospital after being stabbed in his home last night. Photo credit: Asaad Hanna's Facebook page

Hanna, from Homs, is also a human rights defender and has been working as a freelance journalist since escaping his war-torn country.