» 09/09/2013, 00.00
ITALY - SYRIA
Italian journalist Domenico Quirico freed: Betrayed by the Syrian revolution
The Italian special correspondent landed last night at Ciampino airport . The man had been kidnapped on April 9 in northern Syria, during a report on the Syrian rebels . "I was not treated well ... The revolution of Aleppo has become something else ."
Rome (AsiaNews /
Agencies) - "I was trying to tell the story of the Syrian revolution , but
it may be that this revolution has betrayed me . It is no longer the secular
revolution of Aleppo, has become something else". These
are the words of Domenico Quirico , special war correspondent for the Italian
newspaper la Stampa, who was kidnapped on April 9 on the Syrian front , on his
arrival at Ciampino airport after five months in captivity . "I
felt like I were on Mars - he said - I was not treated well ." The
government gave news of his release while the journalist was already on board a
plane to Italy . Along
with Quorico Belgian professor Pier Piccinin was also released.
, had entered Syria from the border with Lebanon to follow the revolt against
to a first reconstruction of Giampiero Massolo , director of DIS , the journalist
was originally abducted by rebel jihadists. After
months of silence, they delivered him into the hands of a group of criminals,
who set up contact with the Italian authorities to start negotiations for his
over a year kidnappings are being used as a weapon used by Islamic extremists
and criminals to terrorize the population and to obtain money or concessions. Last June Msgr. Zenari
, apostolic nuncio in Damascus, denounced
the increase in kidnappings to AsiaNews
: " Kidnappings are a silent plague that have been affecting hundreds of
families for months. Syrians are terrified by these criminal acts that have
multiple authors and purposes: from kidnaps for
extortion carried out by gangs without loyalties on either side, to those with
ethnic religious or political motivations. "
recent months, several religious figures have been abducted and are still in
the hands of the kidnappers : Msgr . Gregory
Yohanna Ibrahim , Syrian Orthodox bishop, Msgr . Boulos
al- Yazigi , Greek - Orthodox bishop, both
kidnapped near the border with Turkey on April 22 , Fr
. Michel Kayyal ( Armenian Catholic ) and Fr. Maher Mahfouz ( Greek -
orthodox) , kidnapped in February, Fr
. Paolo Dall'Oglio , an Italian Jesuit , who disappeared last July 30.
Red Cross volunteer freed. Italian worker still held by kidnappers
After 90 days, the captivity has come to an end for the 38-year-old Andreas Notter, from Switzerland, kidnapped last January 15 on the island of Jolo. The local police say that the kidnappers left him behind because they were being pursued by the army. Concern over the health of Eugenio Vagni.
New video of abducted Ma'aloula nuns, calling for the release of "all detainees" in Syria
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Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate: " No news of the 13 Ma'aloula nuns, we do not trust the video"
According to video released by Al-Jazeera the women religious held in Yabrud were to be released on December 9. The Greek -Orthodox Patriarchate "concerned" about their condition. Ongoing intense fighting in the area between the army and Islamist insurgents. Two Spanish journalists in Syria to a report on the anti- Assad revolution held captive by Islamic extremists.
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P. Samir Youssef
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