A member of a militia kneels as he celebrates victory next to a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by ISIS militants.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
A family of five from northern Israel, that moved to Syria to join ISIS last year, has arrived in Turkey in an attempt to return to Israel, Channel 2 news reported Wednesday.
In June 2015, the family - a mother, father and their three children, traveled to Romania for the medical school graduation ceremony of a relative.
The family announced later that they would be continuing their vacation in Turkey. Once they arrived in Turkey, communication with the family stopped.
They were heard from again once they arrived to Syria.
The woman's father has been working to bring the family back to Israel. He contacted his daughter in Syria and after convincing the family to return, he headed to Turkey to facilitate their entry.
A video shows the family arriving at a hotel in Turkey to meet the grandfather in which he states, "I'll do anything for you all, I missed you so much."
The trip was a shock to their home town of Sakhnin, where residents told The Jerusalem Pos
t's sister publication Ma'ariv
last year that the family were business owners on good terms with everyone.
It was the first time an entire family had left Israel to join ISIS.