(CNN) — The two young women are seen in Islamic garb with only their faces showing. One delivers a message to the camera: “We are in big danger and we could be killed.”
Greta Ramelli, 20, and Vanessa Marzullo, 21, both Italian, were believed kidnapped in Syria in July. And although there was no immediate official confirmation that they are the two in the video, Vanessa’s father Salvatore Marzullo told CNN, “I have no doubt that it’s them.”
Some online postings indicate the video is from al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra.
In their message, the young women plead for their government “and its mediators to bring us back home before Christmas.” One is holding a paper suggesting that the video was shot on December 17.
Italian intelligence sources consider the video to be authentic, according to Italy’s state-run ANSA news agency.
The two Italian women worked for the Italian aid group, Horryaty, the group says.