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Report: Up to Twenty More Westerners Held Hostage by Isil

Up to 20 Western hostages are being held by the jihadi group that beheaded James Foley.

Greta Ramelli (L) and Vanessa Marzullo – kidnapped in Syria.     Photo: Facebook

The group which killed American journalist James Foley have many more hostages

For the Telegraph and David Chazan reporting: As well as the journalist Steven Sotloff, who was threatened with beheading by the same man who murdered Foley, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) is holding a number of aid workers, thought to include Vanessa Marzullo, 21, and Greta Ramelli, 20, both Italian.ISIS-v-tall

“Can you go back on all the teaching and the values you have tried to instill for a lifetime?”

Three aid workers employed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are also being held hostage after they were abducted last October.

“Can you change your daughter, who has these values and has strong ideals about solidarity and human empathy?”

— Ramelli’s mother, Antonella

As fears grew that Isil could make good on its threat to murder more hostages, families of those being held defended their loved ones’ decisions to travel to Syria.

Ms Ramelli’s mother, Antonella, said her daughter had been determined from an early age to look after others, starting by helping out in a retirement home when she was 12.

Responding to suggestions that she should not have allowed her daughter to travel to Syria, Mrs Ramelli said: “When you hear your daughter say ‘Mamma, in that country they are killing children, I must go and help,’ what can you say?”

“Can you go back on all the teaching and the values you have tried to instill for a lifetime?” she told Prealpina, an Italian newspaper. “Can you change your daughter, who has these values and has strong ideals about solidarity and human empathy?”

The two women went missing near Aleppo in Syria at the beginning of this month. On Thursday the Italian foreign office declined to comment on whether they were now in the hands of Isil…(read more)

Telegraph

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One Comment on “Report: Up to Twenty More Westerners Held Hostage by Isil”

  1. swo8 says:

    My heart goes out to them and their families.
    Leslie


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