Turkey detains four foreign journalists crossing from Syria: watchdog

Published June 20th, 2015 - 05:01 GMT
Syrians crossed into Turkey by the thousands as clashes raged last week between Kurdish YPG and Daesh forces in the strategic border town Tal Abyad.  (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
Syrians crossed into Turkey by the thousands as clashes raged last week between Kurdish YPG and Daesh forces in the strategic border town Tal Abyad. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

Turkish security forces arrested four foreign journalists as they were entering from Syria, the country’s embattled neighbor to the south, official Anatolia news agency reported Saturday.

The journalists – three Italians and a French citizen – were detained Thursday at the Mursitpinar border crossing, which lies just across the border from the Syrian town of Kobane, known in Arabic as Ayn al-Arab. 

Anatolia said the journalists now face deportation.

Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based watchdog group, confirmed the arrests of the four journalists. 

Two of the Italian journalists were reporting for Italian state TV station RAI, according to AFP.  The French journalist, Samuel Forey, was working for French daily Le Figaro, Anatolia reported. 

Le Figaro senior editor Philippe Gelie told AFP Forey had crossed illegally into Syria from Turkey to cover clashes between Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and Daesh forces in the border town Tal Abyad, which had displaced many locals

Gelie added that Forey was being “treated well” by Turkish police. 

After days of intense clashes in Tal Abyad earlier this week that sent over 23,000 residents fleeing north into Turkey, Kurdish forces were able to take the town.


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