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Sherin, an Indian nurse caught up in fighting in Iraq, hugs her sister after arriving at the airport in the southern Indian city of Kochi
Sherin, center, an Indian nurse caught up in fighting in Iraq, hugs her sister after arriving at the airport in the southern Indian city of Kochi, July 5, 2014. Sivaram V—Reuters

Indian Nurses Trapped in Iraq Return Home

Jul 05, 2014

More than 40 Indian nurses who were trapped in a region of Iraq that was seized by Sunni extremists have arrived home in India.

When armed rebels launched a wave of attack across the region last month, 46 Indian nurses found themselves trapped in the northern city of Tikrit in a state-run hospital where they worked, Al-Jazeera America reports.

"They didn't do anything, they didn't disturb us and they didn't harm anyone. They didn't touch even. They talked nicely," Jose said, without specifying who she was referring to.

It was not immediately clear whether they had been abducted or trapped and unable to leave.

The nurses boarded a specially-chartered plane in Kurdish territory and arrived in the southern Indian state of Kerala around noon on Saturday, local time.

[Al-Jazeera America]

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