Syrian regime releases Swedish journalist under Kurdish pressure

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The released Swedish journalist (C) with YPG commander Redur Khalil (to the right). MC

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – After one week of detention, the Syrian regime’s security forces in Qamishli released Swedish freelance journalist Joachim Medellin. 

Medellin was released in an exchange operation between pro-Assad security and Kurdish forces.

After Medellin’s arrest, the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) abducted an officer of the Syrian army in Qamishli. The YPG then agreed on exchanging the officer with the Swedish journalist and another Kurdish journalist who was accompanying Medellin when they were both captured by the Syrian security near a checkpoint in Qamishli. 

The Free Media Union in Qamishli (FMU) issued a statement Sunday evening saying that its member, Sabri Omar, and the Swedish journalist were released after one week of detention, emphasizing the role of the Kurdish forces in making their release possible. 

Local activists from the city of Qamishli told ARA News that the Swedish journalist and the FMU member were arrested at a checkpoint belonging to the Syrian regime’s branch of the State Security Forces in the city, while they were accidentally passing by the checkpoint. 

 

Reporting by: Tulin Silo

Source: ARA News 

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