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Media gag! Al-Arabiya journalist arrested in Turkey for covering military operation in Syria

Media gag! Al-Arabiya journalist arrested in Turkey for covering military operation in Syria

Turkish authorities arrested on Saturday a Syrian journalist, Zidan Zanklo, employed by the Saudi Al-Arabiya broadcaster, for reporting on Operation Peace Spring, Ankara’s recently launched offensive in north Syria.

According to Al-Arabiya, Zanklo was picked up by a Turkish armored vehicle near the Syrian-Turkish border. His work permit was confiscated and visa canceled.

On Wednesday, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring in Syria’s north, targeting the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Islamic State terrorist group (banned in Russia). Ankara justified its actions by claiming that the SDF are affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which Ankara designates as a terrorist organization.

Damascus views the operation as a violation of Syria’s territorial integrity, and this sentiment has since been echoed by Russia, and a number of Arab and Western nations. (UNI)