Journalist and media activist Alaa Kraym, also known as Mohammed al-Qabouni, died on May 4, 2017 while covering conflict in Qaboun, east of Damascus. The U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists cited contradictory reports on Kraym’s death, with one Syrian group indicating that he was killed by a tank shell fired by the Syrian army, while another indicated that he was killed in a Russian air strike. Kraym reportedly had worked for the Qaboun Media Center since mid-2013 and had also worked for the Syrian Media Observatory and the Syrian Revolutionary Forces’ media office.