Freed Turkish drivers arrive in Turkey

32 Turkish drivers met their families after 23 days of imprisonment by the ISIL in Iraq.

Freed Turkish drivers arrive in Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Turkish truck drivers released from ISIL captivity in Iraq are healthy and happy to be back with their families, Sanliurfa Governer Izzettin Kucuk said on Thursday.

The 32 drivers were flown into Sanliurfa on Thursday evening after being released in Erbil, Iraq, earlier in the day.

Driver Muslum Gormes thanked Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for his work in securing their release. Referring to phone calls from the minister while they were in captivity, he said: “We thought that we would not go back to our country. However, our minister Davutoglu remained close to us and this gave us hope again.”

After speaking with the drivers and their relatives over dinner, Kucuk told Anadolu Agency: “There are no visible health problems to be seen for the freed Turkish truck drivers.”

Mehmet Ceydan, another driver, said he constantly dreamt his eight children while he was being held hostage.

Turkey vows to bring home diplomatic hostages

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to bring home 49 consulate staff kidnapped in Iraq as other Turkish hostages of ISIL militants were reunited with their families on Thursday.

Speaking at an iftar dinner to break the Ramadan fast, Erdogan said: “Turkey’s 32 truck drivers detained by ISIL – the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – have safely arrived in Turkey after their 23 day-long ordeal in Mosul, Iraq.”

The drivers were seized by ISIL on June 9 and reunited with their families at Sanliurfa’s GAP Airport on Thursday following negotiations involving the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Last Mod: 04 Temmuz 2014, 09:23
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