Syrian loyalists capture 2 journalists

2012-08-21 16:11

Beirut - Syrian regime loyalists have captured two journalists in the northern city of Aleppo, where they were working for the Arabic-language Al-Hurra television station, a senior rebel said on Tuesday.

"The shabiha [pro-regime militiamen] captured a journalist and a cameraman working for al-Hurra," the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander in Aleppo province, Colonel Abdel Jabbar al-Okaidi, said.

"The Arab journalist was injured when he was captured, but the Turk was not."

Okaidi said the two were seized in the central district of Suleyman Al-Halabi where a Japanese journalist was killed on Monday, although this information could not be independently verified.

Al-Hurra said on Monday that it had lost touch with two reporters covering the fighting in Aleppo - Palestinian journalist Bashar Fahmi and Turkish cameraman Cuneyt Unal.

Driver's report

"We have seen the YouTube video in which the Free Syrian Army states that [the two] were captured and detained in Aleppo, Syria," said a statement from Middle East Broadcasting Networks, which operates the Washington-based Al-Hurra.

In an Al-Hurra news broadcast, the journalists' driver said they had been attacked by armed men dressed in rebel fighters' gear.

Meanwhile, a Lebanese television journalist who was reported missing on Monday has now left Syria, according to her employer Al-Jadeed.

Monday's death of Mika Yamamoto took to four the number of foreign journalists killed in Syria since the outbreak of a revolt against the regime of President Bashar Assad in March 2011.

According to Paris-based media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF), around 30 Syrian journalists and citizen journalists have been killed in the past 17 months.

  • imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-21 17:46

    U missed the part that those who captured these journalists had rebel uniforms which are very different from standard syrian army uniform currently used in allepo. why dont u go there yourself if u brave enough and may be u will have ur wish of protecting the evidence and kill assad. The FSA does not seem to be doing what u want very well so may be u can join other field mossad/CIA/MI6 agents instead of cyber terrorism my dear friend. The eye doctor will be very happy to check ur eyes for jaundice and the shabiha might give u a nice massage if u can survice it.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-21 18:29

      Syria is not about you or me. All these sites allow us to do, is to express an opinion. Yours is silly and childish!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-22 05:16

      Delusional. All the while Syrians and their families are bring butchered in their homes by the self-styled blood surgeon of Syria using their own military. To Imam none of this is happening. Pure delusional blindness.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-22 05:18

      The sad part is Imam thinks he's being insightful. Instead he's being blindful.

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