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YPJ member kidnapped by Turkish-backed jihadists in Syria

TURKISH-BACKED jihadists in Syria kidnapped another Kurdish medic yesterday with photographs showing her being taken in a vehicle across the border into Turkey.

The woman, known as Dr Makbule, was working with the Kurdish-led Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) when she was captured by soldiers from the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

She had previously been responsible for arts and culture in the border town of Kobane, which was the scene of a six-month siege by jihadist forces in 2014.

Her whereabouts was unknown at the time of writing but it is believed that she was taken across the border into Turkey where she may face trial on terrorism charges.

Last week another YPJ fighter, Cicek Kobane, was also taken by Turkish-backed jihadists in Tel Abyad who posted footage of themselves threatening to kill her, describing her as a pig who needed to be slaughtered.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) issued an urgent appeal for the safe return of the YPJ member, warning that the degrading treatment of Ms Kobane was an attack on all women.

“We call on all the women of the world and international human rights organisations to speak up against this brutality of Turkish-backed gangs,” an SDF statement said. 

It is believed that she was assaulted before being handed over to Turkish security forces. 

Anti-terror police in Sirnak province in Turkey’s largely Kurdish south-east confirmed that they were holding Ms Kobane, whose real name is Darze Salih Temo.

Health workers are consistently targeted by the Turkish-backed forces. Three nurses working for the Kurdish Red Crescent were found dead in a sewer with their bodies showing signs of torture a week after their ambulance came under attack outside Serekaniye.

As many as nine Kurdish Red Crescent workers have been killed during Turkey’s military operation which started on October 9.

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