"47 citizens of Kazakhstan, including 30 children, were evacuated from Syria on January 6 as a result of the humanitarian operation carried out by Kazakhstan's law-enforcement agencies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs," the statement reads.
According to the statement, those people were tricked to go to the crisis-torn country where they were held hostage by terrorists. The state assisted and cooperated evacuated women and children in all respects upon arrival to Kazakhstan. They will receive psychological assistance and medical treatment during the upcoming month.
In his statement Kazakh President also stressed that Kazakhstan had always supported its citizens despite their whereabouts. "Our key goal is to ensure security, protect integrity and unity of the state. We will continue the work on returning children who are held hostage against their will in the military zone," he added.