Turkish journalists kidnapped by PYD released in Aleppo

August 02, 2012, Thursday/ 11:40:00

Two Turkish journalists abducted on Wednesday by members of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the political offshoot of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Syria, in Aleppo were released on Thursday.

Cihat Arpacık of the Milli Gazete and Kemal Gümüş of the Star daily, who had been in Syria's embattled city of Aleppo covering clashes between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), had been detained on Wednesday in the city of Afrin, Aleppo governorate.

Arpacık and Gümüş were released in the village of Adenen, also in Aleppo governorate, following the FSA's efforts on Thursday morning. FSA members brought both journalists to a border gate between Syria and Turkey in the southern Turkish province of Hatay.

Arpacık said that during the time they were detained they were not treated badly. The PYD had taken the two journalists to the village headman of Borchaider village, Ahmet Hajiali, and had kept them there until evening. Arpacık and Gümüş were later placed in a motor vehicle at 6:45 p.m. and taken to an unknown destination.