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Daouk: Evidence indicates cameraman Kassab alive
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BEIRUT: Caretaker Information Minister Walid Daouk said Thursday there was some evidence that Samir Kassab, the kidnapped Lebanese cameraman held in Syria, was alive and in a good health. 

In mid-October, Sky News Arabia announced that it had lost contact with Kassab, 28, and reporter Ishak Moctar, a Mauritanian national, as well as their unidentified Syrian driver, while they were filming a documentary about the preparations for Eid al-Adha in rural Aleppo. 

Following a meeting with caretaker Foreign Affairs Minister Adnan Mansour, Daouk, who was tasked by caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati to follow up on this issue, said: “There is evidence that he [Kassab] is alive, but we have no contacts with any party [involved]. 

But contacts are underway by other relevant officials so that we can ensure he will be released and spend the holidays with his family.” 

Daouk also voiced hope for the safe release of all 35 journalists of various nationalities being held in Syria.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 06, 2013, on page 4.
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