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Families of missing schoolgirls travel to Turkey

The families of three British teenagers who are believed to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State have travelled to Turkey in a bid to trace the girls.

ITV News joined relatives of Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-old Amira Abase, as they travelled to the country to follow the girls' last known movements before they are thought to have crossed the border into Syria.

They hope to find clues that may help them find or even contact their daughters.

From top left: Kadiza Sultana, Shamima Begum and Amira Abase Credit: Met Police

The three girls three to Istanbul last month before reportedly crossing the border into Syria.

Renu Begum, Shamima's sister, said: "This is our next step, just trying to get the message out to them that we've followed them all the way out here and we just want them to know that we love them"

Renu Begum and Halima Khanom Credit: ITV News

Halima Khanom, sister of Kadiza Sultana, said: "I don't really recognise my sister in the video, the CCTV that we saw because this is just not her and i just want to understand her, to find some answers and get some help".

Abase Hussein Credit: ITV News

They along with Abase Hussein, Amira's father, visited the coach station where CCTV footage captured the girls waiting for their bus to the Syrian border in February.

The families follow in the girl's footsteps at the coach station in Turkey Credit: ITV News

Staff at the coach station told them: "They were smiling as they arrived and smiling as they left."