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Questions raised after SA man found dead in Syria

Social activist Yusuf Abramjee says the 22-year-old man and his brother may have been working with an armed group.

FILE: Syria's capital city of Damascus. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG – Questions have been raised about what a South African man was doing in Syria when he was found dead, apparently in the capital of Damascus.

Details surrounding the Durban man’s death are still unclear.

Social activist Yusuf Abramjee says the 22-year-old man and his brother may have been working with an armed group, although the exact organisation is not yet known.

Abramjee says the family will issue a statement this week but it’s not yet clear if the family has contacted the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco).

“Especially when a South African citizen is killed abroad, I think it’s important that the family get in touch with Dirco. And the family have asked for privacy during this time but I’m sure they will have something to say in coming days.”