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Solidarity with the Kurds Campaigners pay respects to British man killed in Syria

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.

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