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Canadian tourist held in Syria: official

By AFP 6/1/2019
Kristian Lee Baxter, a Canadian adventure traveller who was detained Syria, is seen in this undated handout photo. Photo: The Canadian Press
Kristian Lee Baxter, a Canadian adventure traveller who was detained Syria, is seen in this undated handout photo. Photo: The Canadian Press

BEIRUT, Lebanon — 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 al-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.

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