Syria: TV cameraman assaulted in north-eastern Syria by armed group

Syrian television cameraman Tamir Al Hammad was assaulted during an attempted kidnap by personnel from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on January 28 in the north-eastern city of Qamishli, according to the Syrian Journalists Union (SJU). The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) backed its affiliate, the SJU, in condemning targeted attacks on journalists while performing their duties.

People chant slogans as they march with signs and banners during a rally. Credit: OMAR HAJ KADOUR / AFP

Tamir Al Hammad was assaulted while covering demonstrations against SDF, he was beaten but managed to escape arrest.

Qamishli is mostly under the control of the SDF with the exception of the centre of the city and a few neighbourhoods which remain under the control of the Syrian government and its army. The city has witnessed regular military confrontations between the two sides.  Since the beginning of January, the SDF has periodically imposed a siege on these areas, cutting food supplies and disrupting the daily lives of the local population.    

The SJU said: “We condemn these attacks against media professionals who are subjected to violence and kidnapping for no reason other than doing their job”.

IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, said: "The IFJ is deeply concerned over the situation of journalists covering the conflict in Syria. We condemn the SDF attack on Tamir Al Hammad and wish him a quick recovery. All parties involved in the conflict in Syria must stop their attacks on journalists and the media".  

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