Abu Dhabi-based Sky News Arabia says has lost contact with crew in Syria

By REUTERS
October 17, 2013 00:58

DUBAI - Abu Dhabi-based Sky News Arabia said on Thursday it had lost contact with three crew members on assignment in northern Syria, considered the world's most dangerous place for journalists, and appealed for help to locate them.

The television broadcaster said reporter Ishak Moctar, a Mauritanian national, cameraman Samir Kassab, a Lebanese citizen, and a Syrian driver whose name is being withheld at his family's request, went missing while on assignment near Aleppo, northern Syria, on Tuesday morning.

The channel's head, Nart Bouran, said the team was on an assignment that was focused largely on covering the humanitarian aspects of Syria's 2-1/2-year-old civil war.

"We will continue to make every effort to contact them and to ensure their safe return so that they can continue their vital work," Bouran said.


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