By Roy C. Mabasa
Ten Filipino nurses previously held captive by ISIS in Libya are now back in the Philippines, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. has announced.
In a televised interview Monday, Secretary Yasay reported that the Filipino nurses arrived in Manila Sunday night and were immediately subjected to debriefing.
“Some of the nurses taken by ISIS were terrified,” he disclosed.
The nurses were at the Ibn Sinai hospital in Sirte when the Libyan city was overran by ISIS members in June 2015.
The radical militants imprisoned the nurses, but upon discovering they were Muslims, released them on condition that they reside in the city’s main hospital to provide medical care and teaching to wounded fighters. This included basic measures on how to give first-aid to their fellow jihadists, according to the unidentified medical worker.
Authorities later freed the nurses after Sirte’s recapture.
Yasay expressed his gratitude to the Libyan government for extending assistance for the swift release of the Filipino nurses.