Syria Denies It Is Holding American Journalist Austin Tice

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria denied on Wednesday it’s holding U.S. journalist Austin Tice or different Americans after President Joe Biden accused the Syrian authorities of detaining him.

The Syrian Overseas Ministry mentioned in an announcement that Damascus “denies it had kidnapped or is holding any American citizen on its territories.”

“The U.S. issued last week misleading and illogical statements by the American president and secretary of state that included baseless accusations against Syria that it had kidnapped or detained American citizens including former U.S. Marine Austin Tice,” the assertion mentioned.

Tice went lacking shortly after his thirty first birthday on Aug. 14, 2012 at a checkpoint in a contested space west of the capital Damascus. A video launched a month later confirmed him blindfolded and held by armed males, saying “Oh, Jesus.” He has not been heard from since.

Tice is certainly one of two Americans who went lacking in Syria. The opposite is Majd Kamalmaz, a psychologist from Virginia, who vanished in Syria in 2017.

Tice is from Houston and his work had been revealed by The Washington Put up, McClatchy newspapers and different shops. He went to Syria to cowl the battle that began in 2011. The conflict has left tons of of hundreds useless and displaced practically half of the pre-conflict inhabitants of 23 million. Greater than 5 million of these are exterior the nation.