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Italian hostages freed in Syria welcomed home by ministers


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Italian hostages freed in Syria welcomed home by ministers

Two aid workers taken hostage in northern Syria have been welcomed home by ministers in Rome after their release.

Greta Ramelli and Vanessa Marzullo were captured last summer, apparently by al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the al-Nusra Front.

A video showed the pair sitting and dressed in black robes and veils. One held a sign giving the date as December 17, 2014.

The pair said they could be killed and that the Italian government was responsible for their lives.

In August, the foreign ministry in Rome announced the pair had been seized while working on a humanitarian project in Aleppo province.

No details about their release were provided but there has been speculation that a ransom of more than 12 million euros may have been paid.

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