Italian hostage release raises questions over ransom

January 16, 2015 9:18 AM

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ROME (Reuters) - Italian politicians welcomed the liberation of two Italian aid volunteers held hostage in Syria but their release drew criticism over a possible ransom payment.

Vanessa Marzullo and Greta Ramelli were seized in July while seeking to provide healthcare assistance in the embattled northern Syrian city of Aleppo. They returned home early on Friday after being flown from Turkey.

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