World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey’s Prime Minister and presidential candidate Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants in Iraq to free Turkish nationals they seized last month.
His comments on Friday came a month after ISIL fighters seized 49 Turkish consulate staff, including the consul-general and family members, in the Iraqi city of Mosul, a day after 31 Turkish truck drivers were also abducted.
Speaking on Friday at a dinner hosted by Turkish Temperance Society in Istanbul, Erdogan said: "We are patiently watching and striving for the release of our hostage brothers captured by the ISIL in Iraq."
“However, we are about to lose our patience and call the ISIL to immediately free our fellow citizens.”
“There are women and children among the hostages. A Muslim cannot do such a cruelty to his Muslim brother,” he said.
At least 300,000 residents have fled Mosul since ISIL seized the city last month.Last Mod: 12 Temmuz 2014, 09:38