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Spanish Journalists Go Missing in Aleppo Region

Three freelance journalists from Spain have gone missing after reporting from the Aleppo region in Syria, the Spanish press federation have announced.

Antonio Pampliega, Jose Manuel Lopez and Angel Sastre, have not been heard from since July 1oth, shortly after they had entered Syria via Turkey.

“We don’t know (if they were together) doing their investigative reports in Aleppo, just that another three Spanish journalists were kidnapped in the same area nearly a year ago,” said FAPE president Elsa Gonzalez.

“In that region there is intense fighting going on, so there is cause for concern,” she said, but added: “For the moment we can only call it a disappearance,”

The media rights group Reporters Without Borders ranked Syria as the most dangerous country in the world for journalists.

The Islamic State (IS) group, have kidnapped and killed Western journalists in Syria over the past year; they control areas in the north and east of Aleppo province.

By Fiona Carty

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