Middle East

Turkish cameraman set free by captors in Syria

Nuran Unal (C) and Arzu Fahmi (R) hold portraits of their husbands, cameraman Cuneyt Unal (C) and TV correspondent Bashar Fahmi (R), as they demonstrate in front of the Syrian Embassy in Ankara on August 31, 2012, to demand their release. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

ANKARA: A Turkish lawmaker says one of two journalists captured in Syria has been released by his captors and will return to Turkey. There was no news about the second journalist.

Cameraman Cuneyt Unal, of Turkey, and his colleague Bashar Fahmi - a Jordanian citizen of Palestinian origin - had been missing since August. They were believed to have been captured by Syrian government forces. Both were working for the U.S.-based Alhurra TV.

Opposition legislator Hasan Akgol said Saturday that Unal was in Damascus and would return to Turkey later in the day with a Turkish delegation that negotiated his freedom.

The state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Unal as saying he was "well and happy."





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