You can read 4 more articles this week
TRIBUTES were paid yesterday to British man Oliver Hall who has been killed clearing mines in Syria.
Mr Hall, from Portsmouth, is the seventh British person to have died while working with the People's Protection Units (YPG).
The 24-year-old was killed on November 25 when a mine exploded during a clean-up operation in Raqqa.
A number of British people have made the trip to Syria to join the YPG, with many fearing arrest and interrogation on their return to Britain.
While the YPG is not deemed a terrorist organisation by Britain, Turkey insists that it is the Syrian arm of the proscribed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
The death of Mr Hall follows that of Jac Holmes who was also killed clearing mines in Raqqa.
Other Brits killed in Syria include film-maker Mehmet Aksoy, Luke Rutter, Ryan Lock, Dean Evans and Konstandinos Erik Scurfield.
It is believed that Mr Hall, who had no military training, had only been in Syria for four months. His parents have asked for privacy.
Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign (KSC) co-secretary Rosa Gilbert sent deepest condolences to Mr Hall's family.
She told the Star that he displayed incredible commitment and bravery by joining the YPG, showing "the true meaning of solidarity" by taking on the Kurdish struggle against Isis as his own.
"Like Jac Holmes, Ollie was undertaking humanitarian work when he fell, showing dedication not only to the fight against Isis but also to the creation of a new and better future for the people of northern Syria."
The Foreign Office, which advises against all travel to Syria, made no comment on Mr Hall’s death.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.