August 10, 2012, in Al-Tal, Syria
Abu Yehia, a camera operator for the pro-government television station Al-Ikhbariya, was killed in disputed circumstances, according to news reports.
Rebels belonging to the Free Syrian Army kidnapped Abu Yehia and three colleagues – Yara al-Saleh, an anchor for the station; Abdullah Tubara, a camera operator; and driver Hussam Imad – in the Damascus suburb of Al-Tal on August 10, according to news reports.
On August 12, the Free Syrian Army released a video featuring a rebel spokesperson saying that Abu Yehia and two rebel fighters had been killed by government shelling of Al-Tal on the day of the kidnapping, news reports said. The other Al-Ikhbariya crew members appeared in the video saying they were being treated well.
The Al-Ikhbariya team was freed in a Syrian army operation on August 16, according to the SANA state news agency. SANA disputed the Free Syrian Army's account of Abu Yehia's death. The agency quoted al-Saleh as saying that Abu Yehia was executed by the rebels and that the kidnapped journalists were mistreated. Al-Saleh added that she and her colleagues had been forced by the rebels to make false statements on the video. Upon the journalists' return, in an interview with Al-Ikhbariya, al-Saleh said that she and her colleagues did not see Abu Yehia's body and they did not know what happened except that they heard gunshots.
|Local or Foreign:
|Type of Death:
|Suspected Source of Fire:
Disclaimer: © Committee to Protect Journalists. All rights reserved. Articles may be reproduced only with permission from CPJ.