Prominent rights activists abducted in Syria

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Four prominent human rights activists were abducted Tuesday from their office in a rebel-held town outside Damascus, an Syrian opposition group said, dpa reported.

The Local Coordination Committees, an activist network, said that Razan Zeitouneh, Samira al-Khalil, Wael Hamadeh and Nazim al-Hamadi were seized by men who raided the office of the Violations Documentation Centre in Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta area.

Al-Khalil's husband Yassin Al Haj Saleh, who is a prominent opposition activist, confirmed the news on his personal Facebook page, describing it as "an offence against the revolution and against Syria."

Zeitouneh and the Violations Documentation Centre played a prominent role in disseminating information about the August chemical weapons attack in Eastern Ghouta.

The European Parliament awarded her its Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, along with four other Arab Spring activists, in 2011.

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