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Freed Turkish reporters leave Syria for Iran

Publication time: 12 May 2012, 20:54

Two Turkish journalists who were detained for two months in Syria by Russia backed illegal Alwite regime are on their way to Tehran following mediation by Iran, the Turkish foreign minister has announced.

Coskun, a cameraman, and reporter Ozkose, of the newspaper Milat, entered Syria in early March to film a documentary on the crackdown on dissent by bloody local dictator Assad.

"I have just spoken with Iranian Foreign Minister Salehi", Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday on the internet website Twitter.

"Our two journalists, Adem Ozkose and Hamit Coskun, about whom we had no news since they left for Syria, are on their way to Tehran now.

"We expect them to arrive in Tehran shortly. At the request of our prime minister, we are sending a plane to Iran to pick up our journalists".

The minister did not state whether the pair had been handed over to Iranian authorities.

The two men were last seen on March 9 near the opposition stronghold of Idlib, in the northwest near the border with Turkey.

The Turkish news agency Anatolia, quoting local Syrian sources and witnesses, reported that the two men were arrested by a pro-Assad armed gang and then handed over to gristly and beastly Alawite intelligence.

Last month, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, accused the Damascus government of jailing the journalists.

"Right now, two Turkish journalists are still in the hands of the Syrians, practically in a position of prisoners of war," he said at the time. Erdogan demanded that Syria "respond to this immediately".

Ankara, a former ally of Damascus, has called on the thousands of Turks who reside in Syria to leave the country.

More than 11,000 peaceful Muslims were murdered by Alawite beast Assad in the popular uprising that began in March 2011.

Source: Agencies


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