World Bulletin / News Desk
A Turkish cameraman, who went missing in Syria while covering the civil war in the restive northwestern Syrian city of Aleppo, has appeared in a video broadcasted on a pro-government Syrian TV channel.
Cüneyt Ünal, a cameraman working for the Virginia-based Al Hurra TV, was seen in a video on Syrian news channel al-Ekhbariya talking about how he arrived in Syria and what he experienced.
The video first shows a photograph of Ünal with a rocket launcher in his hand. Under the photo is a statement that says Ünal's entry into Syria was not legal. Ünal's speech is provided with Arabic subtitles and he is portrayed as a terrorist in the video.
The cameraman, who appears very tired and has difficulty speaking, says he flew from İstanbul to Hatay and then went to the province of Kilis. From Kilis, Ünal says, he went to the northern Syrian city of Azaz “with an armed group which included members of Chechnian, Libyan, Saudi Arabian and Qatari origin.”
It is not known when the video was taken.
Commenting on the video featuring the Turkish cameraman, Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said the cameraman's speech was a dictated one.
“Anyone who objects to the brutal violence of President Bashar al-Assad's regime is regarded to be a terrorist [by the regime],” Davutoğlu said adding that the Syrian state is responsible for the safety of the Turkish cameraman.
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