Reuters photographer freed in Syria

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A Reuters photographer was released by Syrian authorities on Sunday, six days after he was detained as he arrived for work at his Damascus office, the news agency said.

Khaled al-Hariri, 50, was one of four Reuters journalists detained in Syria over the last week. All have now been freed.

Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler said the agency was "relieved that Khaled al-Hariri has been released".

"We had not heard from Khaled for six days and were increasingly concerned about his safety and well-being. Thankfully he has now safely returned home to his family."

Hariri, who has worked for Reuters in his native Syria for over 20 years, met with colleagues after his release and told them he was in good health.

Three other Reuters journalists, two Lebanese and a Jordanian, were released last week, and a fifth correspondent was expelled by authorities on March 25.

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is facing domestic pressure unprecedented in his 11-year rule after two weeks of anti-regime protests.

© 2011 AFP

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