Two Reuters Journalists Missing In Syria

Two Reuters television journalists, who were supposed to return to Lebanon Saturday night, have been missing in Syria, the news agency said Sunday.
Producer Ayat Basma and cameraman Ezzat Baltaji were expected to be in Lebanon at about 6:30 p.m. GMT (2:30 p.m. ET) Saturday, and were not there when the taxi had arranged to pick them up, CNN reported.
Baltaji sent a phone message to a colleague
The last known contact was at 5:33 p.m. GMT, when Baltaji sent a phone message to a colleague in Beirut which said: "We will leave now," CNN reported.
According to Reuters, the two journalists have been unreachable by telephone since Saturday night.
"Reuters is deeply concerned about our two Reuters television colleagues who went missing in Syria on Saturday,"Stephen Adler, Reuters Editor-In-Chief said to Reuters. "We have reached out to the relevant authorities in Syria and have asked for their help in securing our colleagues' safe return home."
Reuters reported that a Syrian official told them on Sunday that authorities were working on resolving the issue.
According to CNN, Basma has been with Reuters since February 2007, and Baltaji since April 2008.

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