Video: Adra, Syria, hostages freed after years captive by 'rebels'
Adra is a town in southern Syria, administratively part of the Rif Dimashq Governorate, located northeast of Damascus. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, the town had a population of 20,559 in the 2004 census. The people there have been held hostage by Jaish al Islam. On 11 December, 2013, the terrorist Islamic Front, Jaish al-Islam] and Al-Nusra Front groups infiltrated the industrial area of the town of Adra, northeast of Damascus, attacking buildings housing workers and their families. They targeted Alawites, Druze, Christians and Shiites, killing them for sectarian motives. Some people were shot while others were beheaded. The killings lasted into the next day. Since then many people have been held hostage, with the Syrian Army trying to free them. They have now had new success. See film where people who have been freed thank the army.
See below a translation of some of their words, thanks to Salam Abdallah
Woman: we miss happiness...We must keep going on with happiness...! Woman's voice crying...Thanks god.....
Woman on the balcony: Thank god, my dear (to a young man)...may God protect the Syria Army and the president....without them we couldn't see our families.
Woman with a man: thank god now we are free in Syria we returned unharmed.
The girl: thanks for the army for every drop of our soldiers' sweat...We are free thanks for their efforts. (Man's voice..."may all the hostages be free"...There are lots still captured)....The girl again. .."There are hostages....We want them to be freed to be happy totally. To be born again".
A Man: there are people awaiting to be freed.
The President: there are families who lost their relatives or injured or kidnapped and we consider everyone members of our families.....We will search for everyone lost...
The Army is going on in returning the kidnapped to their relatives"