The amazing moment Spanish journalist is reunited with his son after being held hostage in Syria
Two Spanish journalists freed after over six months in Syria
Published 30/03/2014 | 22:10
This is the moment a Spanish journalist was reunited with his son today after being held hostage in Syria for six months.
It was reported yesterday that the two Spanish journalists held hostage in Syria by an al Qaeda-linked militant group for 194 days had been freed and handed over to the Turkish military in good health.
El Mundo Middle East correspondent Javier Espinosa called the his employer El Mundo newspaper's newsroom late on Saturday to say he and freelance photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova had been released and to inform their families.
Spain's Foreign Ministry confirmed the men had been freed, but gave no further details.
The two men were captured September 16 by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) rebel group at the checkpoint Tal Abyad in the Raqqa province on the border with Turkey.
Their kidnapping had been kept quiet until December 10 at the request of their families because of negotiations with the rebels holding the men.
They had been travelling with members of the rebel Free Syrian Army, who were also taken by ISIL but released after 12 days.
Spanish reporter Javier Espinosa, second right, holds his daughter Nur as he is greeted by his wife Monica Garcia upon his arrival at the military airport of Torrejon in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Paco Campos, Pool)
The journalists had been attempting to leave Syria after two weeks covering the conflict when they were taken, the newspaper said.
(Reporting by Paul Day; Editing by Alison Williams)