FM says NY Times reporter injured in Iraq accident brought to Turkey

STANBUL (CIHAN)- Foreign Minister Ahmet DavutoIlu has announced that a New York Times reporter and a photojournalist who were injured in a helicopter accident in Iraq have been brought to Turkey.

In a post on his official Twitter account on Wednesday, DavutoIlu said the reporter, Alissa Rubin, and the photographer working alongside her, Adam Ferguson, were brought to Turkey for medical treatment in coordination with the Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD).

The two were injured when a helicopter carrying humanitarian aid to Yazidis, who have taken shelter on a mountain near Sinjar to escape the brutality of the “Islamic State” terrorist organization, had an accident on Tuesday and crashed. The pilot was killed in the accident. Rubin and Ferguson were in the helicopter working on a news story. The injured journalists were first brought to the Iraqi city of Zaho for treatment. AFAD then transported them from Zaho to Turkey on Wednesday. According to media reports, the two were taken to a hospital in the Silopi district of the southeastern province of IIrnak for treatment.

The New York Times reported that Rubin suffered an apparent concussion and broken wrists in the crash. Ferguson’s injuries were reportedly minor.

SOURCE: CIHAN