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An emotional homecoming for Syrian hostages who escaped Islamic State

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 01:12

Twenty six Syrian hostages who escaped from their Islamic State captors receive an emotional homecoming in the central province of Homs. Samantha Vadas reports.

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An emotional homecoming in the Syrian province of Homs. Twenty six hostages held by Islamic State militants back in the arms of their loved ones on Sunday (October 30) after escaping from their captors. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED RESIDENT, SAYING: "Thank God they returned safe and we hope everybody returns." They're among about 70 people who were abducted and taken to a secret location in the desert on October 21 when the Syrian army and its allies took back control of the town southeast of Homs, the current focus of the government's offensive. But locals authorities say the others are still missing. The hostages are said to have escaped after they got past a militant while he took a nap, officials say they grabbed his gun and shot him dead. About 200 people turned out to welcome the hostages home. But their return is still overshadowed by the evil witnessed in the town over the past few weeks when authorities say militants rounded up local officials and members of their families and executed them in broad daylight.

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An emotional homecoming for Syrian hostages who escaped Islamic State

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 01:12