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Syria Unrest

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Italian Aid Workers Freed - 16 Jan 2015
Two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago have been released and will soon return home, Italy's government said on Thursday.

"Vanessa Marzullo and Greta Ramelli are free and will soon return to Italy," read a Tweet from Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's office. Renzi's spokesman also confirmed the news.

No details about their release were provided. Some Italian media reported that the two young women would be flown out of Turkey on Friday.

In August, Italy's Foreign Ministry said the pair were taken hostage while seeking to provide healthcare assistance in the embattled northern city of Aleppo.

Two weeks ago, their captors released a threatening video online demanding that the government intervene to bring them home. The video said they were being detained by al Qaeda's Syria wing, the Nusra Front.
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January 16, 2015
Greta Ramelli (L) and Vanessa Marzullo, two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago,...
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Greta Ramelli and Vanessa Marzullo, two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago, arrive...
Greta Ramelli (L) and Vanessa Marzullo, two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago, arrive at Ciampino airport in Rome January 16, 2015. In August 2014, Italy's Foreign Ministry said the pair were taken hostage while seeking to provide healthcare assistance in the embattled northern city of Aleppo. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (ITALY - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS)
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January 16, 2015
Greta Ramelli (C) and Vanessa Marzullo (R), two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months...
Rome, Italy
Greta Ramelli and Vanessa Marzullo, two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago, arrive...
Greta Ramelli (C) and Vanessa Marzullo (R), two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago, arrive at Ciampino airport flanked by Italy's Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Rome January 16, 2015. In August 2014, Italy's Foreign Ministry said the pair were taken hostage while seeking to provide healthcare assistance in the embattled northern city of Aleppo. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (ITALY - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS)
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January 16, 2015
Greta Ramelli (2nd R) and Vanessa Marzullo (R), two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months...
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Greta Ramelli and Vanessa Marzullo, two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago, arrive...
Greta Ramelli (2nd R) and Vanessa Marzullo (R), two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago, arrive at Ciampino airport flanked by Italy's Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni (2nd L) in Rome January 16, 2015. In August 2014, Italy's Foreign Ministry said the pair were taken hostage while seeking to provide healthcare assistance in the embattled northern city of Aleppo. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (ITALY - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS)
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January 16, 2015
Greta Ramelli, one of the two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago, arrives at...
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Greta Ramelli, one of the two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago, arrives at...
Greta Ramelli, one of the two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago, arrives at Ciampino airport in Rome January 16, 2015. In August 2014, Italy's Foreign Ministry said the pair were taken hostage while seeking to provide healthcare assistance in the embattled northern city of Aleppo. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (ITALY - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS)
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January 16, 2015
Vanessa Marzullo, one of the two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago, arrives...
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Vanessa Marzullo, one of the two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago, arrives...
Vanessa Marzullo, one of the two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago, arrives at Ciampino airport in Rome January 16, 2015. In August 2014, Italy's Foreign Ministry said the pair were taken hostage while seeking to provide healthcare assistance in the embattled northern city of Aleppo. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (ITALY - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS)
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January 16, 2015
Greta Ramelli (L) and Vanessa Marzullo, two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago,...
Rome, Italy
Greta Ramelli and Vanessa Marzullo, two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago, arrive...
Greta Ramelli (L) and Vanessa Marzullo, two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago, arrive at Ciampino airport in Rome January 16, 2015. In August 2014, Italy's Foreign Ministry said the pair were taken hostage while seeking to provide healthcare assistance in the embattled northern city of Aleppo.
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