The leader of Turkey's main opposition party has welcomed the repatriation of 46 Turkish nationals held captive by ISIL for more than three months.

In a statement on Saturday, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who heads the Republican People's Party, said he was “very pleased” the hostages had been safely freed.

He added: "I say to my brothers 'Welcome to freedom and your homeland'."

Kilicdaroglu telephoned Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to congratulate all those involved in the operation to secure the hostages’ freedom.

The hostages were freed on Saturday following 101 days in ISIL captivity in north of Iraq.