Boys who averted a tragedy on hijacked bus to get Italian citizenship

epa07466877 Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini (L) greets Ramy Shehata (R) and Adam El Hamami, the middle school students who on 20 March 2019 made an emergency call to the Italian Carabinieri from a bus with 51 school children aboard allegedly set on fire by its driver, at Viminale Palace in Rome, Italy, 27 March 2019. Interior Minister Salvini met the boys and the Carabinieri officers who saved them from bus hijack near Milan. EPA-EFE/RICCARDO ANTIMIANI

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Italian news agency ANSA reports that the two Egyptian boys who helped avert a massacre on a hijacked bus near Milan in March will receive Italian citizenship.

The citizenship proposal for Ramy Shehata and Adam El Hamami was approved by cabinet on Tuesday evening.

Egyptian Sherata, 13, will be granted his wish for Italian citizenship after hiding his phone from the Senegalese-Italian school bus hijacker and calling in police to rescue the 51 kids before the man torched the vehicle outside Milan.
Tunisian El Hamami, 12, who called the police after Sherata, is also set for citizenship for special merits.

Seventeen of the 50 hijacked children suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, doctors said Tuesday.

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini recently met Sherata and El Hamami at the interior ministry in Rome.

Man hijacks bus, starts fire on board
Firefighters and policemen where a bus was set on fire by a driver in Milan, Italy, on 20 March 2019. Photo: EPA-EFE/DANIELE BENNATI

Salvini, who has changed his mind and decided to award them Italian citizenship, also met with the 49 other children from Crema and the Carabinieri who rescued them thanks to the pair’s phone calls

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