An Israeli-American journalist was detained by Turkey on Saturday while reporting from the border with Syria in the Kurdistan region, the Israeli press reported.
Roee Ruttenberg, 34, who writesr for the English-language blog +972Mag, was held in a police station in Ceylanpinar in Eastern Turkey, where his Israeli passport was reportedly causing problems, he wrote.
“It can’t be all that bad, since the police are letting me write this post on my iPhone while they try to figure out why I also have an Israeli passport,” he wrote.
He noticed the interrogators constantly uttering the word "Israeli" to each other. "No doubt my dual identity has confused them. It appears they’ll let us go soon," he added.
Turkey has long had struggles with separatist Kurdish extremists in an eastern region near the northern Syrian border.
Ruttenberg was accompanied by two Turkish nationals, a sound man and a photographer, in his crew, observing a Syrian village from a rooftop in an area in the ethnic Kurdish region of Turkey.
Their gear was confiscated by police, who checked the equipment over carefully to see if any classified material had been filmed.
Syrian refugees have been fleeing to unofficial border crossings all over the country as they try to escape the massacres perpetrated by President Bashar al-Assad's troops.