Former minister Wiam Wahhab pledged on Thursday during a visit to the Syrian town of al-Saboura that the Lebanese will protect the Syrian regime at all costs. “We will fight with our hands, weapons and chests to protect Syria, and we will not let the Syrian regime fall,”
On her first night in Damascus, Dorothy Parvaz was moved between several jail cells, blindfolded and manacled and forced to listen to prisoners being tortured by Syrian interrogators.
The mysterious 19-day detention and release of a Seattle journalist in Syria and Iran has underscored the murky security ties that bind those staunch Middle East allies at a time when both are under international pressure over alleged human rights violations and pursuit of nuclear technology.
Missing Al Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz has been deported from Syria to Iran, the network has learned. Parvaz, who holds Iranian, American and Canadian citizenship, has been missing since she arrived at Damascus airport on April 29 to cover protests in Syria.
Al-Jazeera news channel says Syrian authorities have confirmed the detention of one of its reporters missing since Friday.
Dorothy Parvaz, a former reporter and columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, is missing in Syria. Al Jazeera, for whom Parvaz works, reports that she arrived in Damascus on Friday and that the network has had no contact with her since.
About 100 supporters of Syria’s president, Assad, gathered in front of the Damascus offices of Al Jazeera TV. The crowd accused the satellite TV station of supporting the opposition movement in Syria.
Qatar-based satellite channel Al Jazeera said six of its English service journalists were freed in Egypt on Monday after being detained, a day after the news network was told to shut down its operations in the country.
Egypt’s decision on Sunday to close the offices of Al Jazeera illustrates the leading role the Arabic broadcaster has taken in reporting unprecedented popular revolts against Arab rulers.
Victims of Hezbollah rocket attacks on Israel during a 34-day war in 2006 charged al-Jazeera with helping the Shiite movement with its campaign, lawyers say. Israeli forces reacted with overwhelming force in 2006 when Hezbollah abducted two Israeli soldiers. Hezbollah was able to strike targets deep inside Israel and hit naval targets from Lebanon,