VIDEO: Turkish presenter injured in Aleppo fighting
ALEPPO – Anadolu AgencyA Turkish presenter and his guide were injured in Aleppo during shooting for a TV program for Turkey’s state-run television.
Presenter Adem Özköse was slightly injured in the face and the leg as he was presenting a travel and news program for TRT Türk while his guide, Ebu Mustafa, who is fighting for the opposition “Damascus Front,” was shot in the leg by a sniper during intense fighting in the Layramoun district, video footage showed.
Özköse said they were caught in the middle of fighting as the program team was shooting at the frontline.
“An insurgent was shot right in front of us. I was presenting at that moment, so it was recorded by one of my teammates, Muaz Türken, second-by-second. I sustained slight injuries to my face and leg but the Syrian insurgent is still under treatment,” Özköse told state-run Anadolu Agency.
It is not the first time Özköse has been exposed to danger in war-torn Syria. In 2012, he and his cameraman, Hamit Coşkun, were abducted by pro-government forces in Idlib province where they had been shooting a documentary. Two months later, they returned to Turkey as part of a captive swap after 70 days of detention in a Damascus prison.
Meanwhile, Anadolu Agency correspondent Salih Leyla and freelance journalist Abdülkerim Leyla were also injured in the face and the hand respectively in a missile attack in Aleppo.