Three Spanish reporters missing in Syria’s Aleppo

Spanish journalism association says three Spanish journalists missing in Syria’s war-torn Aleppo city

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A Spanish journalism association said on Tuesday that three Spanish freelance journalists have gone missing in Syria’s war-torn Aleppo city after they travelled to Syria.

The journalists are identified as Antonio Pampliega, Jose Manuel Lopez and Angel Sastre by the Spanish Federation of Journalists’ Association.

The president of the association Elsa Gonzales, told Spanish National Television that the reporters have not been heard for at least several days.

Spain’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately make comment of the missing journalists. According to state-owned Spanish National Television, the ministry is aware of the situation and working on it.

After the war flared up in Aleppo, the commercial capital of Syria, in 2012, the city was divided into two parts with Bashar al Assad regime forces and opposition groups. Much of western Aleppo is controlled by the regime forces and the east is in control of the opposition groups.

ISIS is outside the city and controls the northern and eastern countryside of Aleppo.

According to UN estimates, more than 220,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the war which began as an uprising and descended later into a complex civil war. More than 6.7 million people have fled the country while millions have been displaced internally.

TRTWorld and agencies