Kidnapped Spanish journalists freed in Syria

    Kidnapped Spanish journalists freed in Syria

    May 8, Damascus: Three Spanish journalists who were kidnapped while working in Syria last year have been released. They are due to return to Spain, the government officials said.

    Antonio Pampliega, Jose Manuel Lopez and Angel Sastre disappeared from the northern city of Aleppo 10 months ago.

    Parts of Aleppo are controlled by rebel groups including so-called Islamic State (IS), who have kidnapped and killed journalists in the past.

    It is not yet clear who kidnapped Mr Pampliega, Mr Lopez and Mr Sastre.

    The Spanish government statement said that the men were safe and well, and waiting in Turkey to be brought back to Spain.

    The statement said that allies including Turkey and Qatar were instrumental in freeing them.

    Elsa Gonzalez, the president of Spain's federation of journalists, said the news was a cause for "joy and emotion".

    The media rights group Reporters Without Borders ranks Syria as the most dangerous country in the world for journalists.

    The Oslo Times


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