The video shows one of the women holding a piece of paper with the date December 17 and says they are being held by al-Qaida’s Syrian wing, Nusra Front.
The video published on YouTube shows two young women sitting in front of a blank wall, seeming to read off a script.
“We supplicate our government and its militaries to bring us back home before Christmas,” the other woman says in English, appearing to read from a prepared statement. “We are in big danger and we could be killed. The government and its militaries are responsible [for] our lives.”
The women in the video are allegedly Vanessa Marzullo and Greta Ramelli, both in their 20s. They had been working on humanitarian projects for the aid group Horryaty when they were abducted by gunmen in northern Aleppo province.