Seized jour­nal­ists freed

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Three Span­ish jour­nal­ists who went miss­ing while work­ing in Syria in July have been freed from cap­tiv­ity, the Span­ish gov­ern­ment said. Prime Min­is­ter Mar­i­ano Ra­joy’s of­fice said in a state­ment that An­to­nio Pam­pl­iega, Jose Manuel Lopez and An­gel Sas­tre, who dis­ap­peared near the city of Aleppo in north­ern Syria on July 12, were safe and well. Act­ing Deputy Prime Min­is­ter So­raya Saenz de San­ta­maria had spo­ken to them by tele­phone. The gov­ern­ment says the in­ter­ven­tion of Tur­key, Qatar and “other al­lies and friends” was in­stru­men­tal in free­ing the men, and that a plane was be­ing sent to Tur­key to bring them back to Spain. Elsa Gon­za­lez, pres­i­dent of Spain’s fed­er­a­tion of jour­nal­ists, said the news was a cause for “joy and emo­tion”.

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