Two Turkish journalists released in Syria arrive in Turkey

Türkiye Materials 13 May 2012 14:45 (UTC +04:00)

Turkish journalists Adem Ozkose and Hamit Coskun, who were released on Saturday after being held in Syria for some two months, arrived in İstanbul by private jet early on Sunday, Today's Zaman reported.

Welcoming the two men, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said both Ozkose and Coskun witnessed a humanitarian tragedy in Syria during their 65 days of deprivation. "It is our wish to see the end of violence in Syria and all Syrians experiencing tranquility. We are thankful to God to be able to welcome our two journalists back to Turkey," Atalay stressed.

Meanwhile, speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Ozkose and Coskun said they were detained by pro-President Bashar al-Assad forces and that they thought they would not be able to return to Turkey for years.

"They took us to a basement of a home. They tied our eyes and put handcuffs on our hands. Guns were pointed at us. They were talking about what to do with us. They mentioned killing us," the two Turkish journalists told Anatolia.

Ozkose and Coskun were in Syria to shoot a documentary. "We realized that we were involved in the documentary of our own lives. In the past two months, we have experienced so many things that it could be the story for action films and novels," Ozkose said.

On the other hand, Coskun said they were happy to be free. "Freedom is the best thing on earth. May God give freedom to all the innocent people," Coskun also said.