August 9, 2019 / 11:01 AM / 16 days ago

Canadian Baxter, held in Syria, released; meets media in Beirut

Canadian citizen, Kristian Lee Baxter, who was being held in Syria, sits next to Major General Abbas Ibrahim, Lebanon's internal security chief, after being released, at a news conference in Beirut, Lebanon August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Canadian citizen held in Syria has been released, and appeared at a news conference in Beirut with the Lebanese security chief on Friday.

“I thought I would be there forever,” said Kristian Lee Baxter, who was detained last year, breaking down in tears.

Reporting by Tom Perry, writing by Angus McDowall; editing by John Stonestreet

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