Stranded Indian Nurses to Stay on in Tikrit as Isis Militants Promise

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    Can this be true :shocked::shocked:

    The Isis militants, who took effective control of vast swathes of northern Iraq and are closing in on the capital Baghdad after running through the weak defence of a disintegrating army, are busy setting up parallel governance structures in the cities they now control.

    The militants have apparently reassured the safety of dozens of nurses from India who were trapped in a hospital in Tirkit and offered to pay their overdue salaries.

    Days earlier, as many as 46 nurses had sent a desperate plea to the government of India saying they were in danger and wanted to be evacuated.

    However, they have changed their minds and agreed to stay on in Tikrit, the Times of India reported. Tikrit had witnessed the horrible massacre of hundreds of air force recruits by the militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis)
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    One of the nurses told the Times of India the fighters were courteous to them and offered to pay their salaries and dues. The militants, who took control of the Tikrit Teaching Hospital in the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein, have asked them not to venture out of the hospital.


    "For the moment we're safe in the hospital ... We hear gunfire but don't know what's going on," said Jency James, one of the nurses.

    Though they had the basic necessities, the nurses said they still feared for their safety. "People from Red Cross bring us milk and water, which is a great relief," said Sona Joseph.

    They also said Indian embassy officials were in touch with them but were not aware of the happenings outside, especially the kidnapping of 40 Indian construction workers in Mosul.

    "The bombing has cut off our internet connections and we don't know how long our phones will work," one of them said.

    Other reports too have confirmed the local administration has changed following the Isis militants' capture of Tikrit, but that the salaries of the hospital staff have been revised lower.

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    Re: Stranded Indian Nurses to Stay on in Tikrit as Isis Militants Prom

    Abducted Indians safe in Iraq, we know where they are: Sushma

    NEW DELHI: The 40 Indians abducted in Iraq are safe and are in a government building, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday.

    "The 40 men are safe ... When the situation normalizes, we will try to get them released," she said after meeting a delegation of families of seven of the Indians. The minister didn't disclose their location.

    The workers, employed by a Turkish construction firm, were kidnapped in Mosul, one of the cities taken over by Sunni insurgents.

    A vehicle burned during clashes between Iraqi security forces and al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in the city of Baquba

    Abducted Indians safe in Iraq, we know where they are: Sushma - The Times of India
     
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    Re: Stranded Indian Nurses to Stay on in Tikrit as Isis Militants Prom

    Majority of nurses are Muslims, (I assume Sunnis), and 14 were Hindu/Christian. There was a report on TOI that only the 14 wanted to leave, maybe the other nurses convinced the rest to stay back aswell. it is totally crazy though, Or maybe they have no other choice really, till opposing forces take the area, so they are playing up to the dominant powers there (ISIL).
     

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