Italian women abducted in Syria arrive in Rome

Greta Ramelli (L) and Vanessa Marzullo, two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago, arrive at Ciampino airport in Rome Jan. 16, 2015. (Reuters)

Two Italian aid workers abducted in northern Syria last summer arrived in Rome at dawn Friday, a day after they were released.

The flight carrying Greta Ramelli, 20, and Vanessa Marzullo, 21, from Turkey landed at Ciampino military airport near the Italian capital, an Agence France-Presse reporter said.

The women, both in their twenties, appeared in a video in December urging their government to seek their release.

They were shown wearing black dresses and headscarves, seated before a blank wall, and holding placards calling the government to return them home before Christmas.

Earlier in August, the Italian foreign ministry denied reports that the two women were being held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group, but gave no details on which group it believed had kidnapped the pair.

They were working for the aid group Horryaty when they were abducted.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44