‘They Will Kill Me’: Italian And Japanese Hostages Appeal For Their Release In Syria

A Syrian militant group released a New footage of Italian and Japanese hostages in orange jumpsuits, appealing help in front of two black-clad gunmen.

In the video, the Italian national Alessandro Sabdrini says that they are going to kill him and he asks Italy to resolve the situation quickly.

The two men are identified as Japanese freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda and Italian national Alessandro Sabdrini, According to SITE, a US-based website tracking “extremist” activities.

SITE reported that Jumpei have been abducted in northern Syria in 2015, by al-Nusra Front, a former al-Qaeda affiliate.

The Japanese hostage identifies himself as Korean in the video but speaks Japanese. He gives the recording date as 25 July, but the Italian gives a different date, 19 July.

They both say they are in a bad situation and asking for help.

“Today is July 19, 2018,” says Sandrini in the video.

“Give me the opportunity to communicate for the last time. I ask Italy to help me, to resolve this situation quickly. I have been imprisoned for two years…they told me that they are fed up, that they will kill me if it does not work out quickly.”

Sandrini was kidnapped in Turkey in October 2016 before being taken to Syria, Italian media reported. He is said to be 32 years old.

Rome prosecutor is currently investigating the validity of the video.

According to Rita Katz, director of SITE, said:

“The kidnappers seem to be seeking ransom, but it remains unclear which militant group is behind the video. It is highly unlikely that IS or al-Qaeda are involved.”

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