Two Turkish journalists who went missing two months ago while reporting on the Syria uprising have been released. The pair were reportedly arrested by a pro-government militia and held by Syrian intelligence.
Their freedom comes after invention from Iran, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who said on his Twitter account that the reporters were now in Tehran and were due to be flown home later on Saturday.
Earlier, Syria’s Information Minister Adnan Hassan Mahmoud told euronews that Turkish journalists were welcome in the country but repeated allegations that Ankara was supporting Syrian rebels.
“We’re eager to have Turkish media on the ground here in Syria and hope that they are objective, professional and balanced in their reporting to show what’s been hidden from the wider (international) public,” said Mahmoud.
“The Erdogan government is supporting terrorist and armed groups. It’s providing them with training camps,” he added.
A little known militant group claimed responsibility for Thursday’s twin suicide bombing in Damascus that killed at least 55 people and wounded more than 370. A video was posted online threatening further attacks and warning Sunni Muslims to avoid Syrian security buildings.
4 people were killed as violence continued across Syria on Saturday as additional staff arrived to be part of the United Nations observer mission to monitor an unsteady ceasefire.
There are now 145 military observers, nearly half of the total number authorised by the UN Security Council.