Greta and Vanessa's Syrian kidnapper released

'Had held Italian volunteers hostage 2014-2015, sold them'

20 November, 12:51

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, NOVEMBER 20 - The Turkish authorities have recently released the head of a Syrian armed group held to be one of the kidnappers of two Italian volunteers held hostage between July 2014 and January 2015. The two hostages were Greta Ramelli and Vanessa Marzulli and the man was Hussam Atrach, who the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said had been released from a Turkish jail. Atrash was imprisoned in February 2019 in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli after being accused of high-level involvement in the kidnapping of the two Italians and of having ''sold'' them to militants linked to al-Qaeda in the Syrian region of Idlib. Syrian sources say that 11 million dollars were paid for the released of the two women, who were at that time in their twenties. Atrash was said to have received five million dollars of that money.


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