First Published in al-Akhbar English August 27, 2011
By: Muhammad Shalabi
Published Saturday, August 27, 2011
Damascus — Prominent Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat is recovering in hospital after masked men kidnapped and tortured him last Thursday. Ferzat, born in 1946 in Hama, was heading home when he was attacked while driving through the Umayyad Square in the center of Damascus. After assaulting him, the men threw him out in a distant area on the Airport Road. His head was bleeding, his face was bruised, and his body covered in cigarette burns. Shortly after, he was brought to al-Razi Hospital where he received treatment. His car was later found destroyed, but still contained his mobile phone and prescription glasses.