Pilots kidnapped in Lebanon arrive back in Turkey

Reuters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan personally greeted two kidnapped Turkish pilots when they arrived back in Istanbul on Saturday after two months in captivity in Lebanon, live television footage showed.

The pair were released earlier under a deal whereby nine Lebanese hostages were freed in Syria and allowed to return home via Turkey. The Turkish pilots had been abducted in retaliation for the snatching of the Lebanese.

(Reporting by Ayla Jean Yackley; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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