Canadian tourist held in Syria: official

Canadian media say there have been no signs of British Columbia native Kristian Lee Baxter, 44, since December 1. (File/AFP)
Updated 06 January 2019
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Canadian tourist held in Syria: official

  • Canadian media say there have been no signs of British Columbia native Kristian Lee Baxter, 44, since December 1
  • The man had traveled to a village close to the Lebanese border in areas controlled by President Bashar Assad

OTTAWA: A Canadian tourist is being held in Syria, Ottawa said Saturday, after local media reported the man had traveled to a village close to the Lebanese border in areas controlled by President Bashar Assad.
Canadian media say there have been no signs of British Columbia native Kristian Lee Baxter, 44, since December 1.
Described as an “adventure” traveler by his loved ones, Baxter has made no contact since arriving at a Syrian village where his brother-in-law was born. He had traveled there despite the brutal war raging in Syria since 2011.
A Global Affairs Canada spokesman told AFP “a Canadian citizen has been detained in Syria,” without providing any further details for confidentiality reasons.
Since the Syrian war broke out, Ottawa has urged Canadians to avoid traveling to the country. The conflict has killed over 360,000 people and displaced millions more.
“The security situation across Syria significantly restrains the Canadian government’s ability to provide consular assistance,” Global Affairs said in response to a query, while noting that consular services were provided to relatives and the individual concerned “as much as possible.”
Canada has cut diplomatic ties with Damascus since the conflict began.


UK rightly concerned about protecting goods in Strait of Hormuz: defense minister

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UK rightly concerned about protecting goods in Strait of Hormuz: defense minister

  • Relations between Tehran and the West have been increasingly strained
  • Britain earlier seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar

LONDON: Britain is rightly concerned about protecting its goods in the Strait of Hormuz, defense minister Penny Mordaunt said on Thursday following tensions with Iran over the passage of vessels in the Gulf.
Relations between Tehran and the West have been increasingly strained after Britain seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar and London said the British Heritage, operated by oil company BP, had been approached in the strait between Iran and the Arabian peninsula.
“We are rightly concerned about protecting our goods in the Straits of Hormuz,” she said.