Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas freed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
After almost six months in captivity in Syria, Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas was freed by his captors on Saturday. Marginedas, a journalist at the Spanish newspaper El Periódico de Catalunya, was kidnapped by a Syrian insurgent group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in September. His whereabouts have been a mystery since, particularly as the Syrian group moved him around from safe house to safe house every few days to avoid detection.
On Saturday, however, Marc Marginedas was freed by his captors and was able to cross the Syrian border into Turkey, where he contacted the Spanish embassy to tell them he was free. He flew into Barcelona on Sunday evening where he was met at the airport by overjoyed family and friends.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, although pleased Marc Mardinedas has been freed, reminded the international news media that two other Spanish journalists – Javier Espinosa and Ricard García Vilanova – are still in captivity in Syria. It is hoped, with the release of Marginedas, Espinosa and Vilanova may not be far behind.
For more on the release of Marc Marinedas, watch the Spanish language video from Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 below.