150 Kurdish students detained by ISIL militants in Syria’s Manbij


Middle school students in Kobane. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – Dozens of middle-school students from the Kurdish city of Kobane are held by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) since Thursday, May 29, after being captured while on their way back from the city of Aleppo were they performed their final examinations. The young students are held in a detention center in the ISIL-held city of Manbij, north of Aleppo.

Parents of several detained students expressed to ARA News their concerns about their children, “especially that the brutality of ISIL militants reached highest level by torturing and murdering dozens of innocent civilians in Syria”.

Female students who were captured by ISIL were released after hours of detention, while all male students are still held by the Qaeda splinter group of ISIL.

Speaking to ARA News, one of the released female students said that the detention occurred at 10 pm on Thursday near Manbij city, north of Aleppo.

“The number of those held by ISIL extremists exceed 150 students,” she said, preferring to stay anonymous.

An informed source in the city of Manbij told ARA News that the detained students are “in a good condition and non of them is hurt”, confirming that “exactly 150 are detained” and that they are held in the main hall of the ISIL-held central prison in Manbij.

Earlier reports emphasized that these Kurdish students were released on Friday. However, their families said that their children didn’t arrive in their hometown of Kobane, and the same was confirmed by activists in Manbij, where they are currently detained.

The Assembly of Kurdish Lawyers in Kobane city issued a statement on Saturday in which they expressed their concerns about the destiny of the detained students, appealing to the civil forces in Manbij area, the political councils of the Syrian opposition, the Syrian Red Crescent as well as international and local commissions of human rights organizations to intervene in order to release these students.

Parents of the detained students live in anxiety and panic over the fate of their children (mostly aged 15) amid contradicting reports about them.

Noteworthy, ISIL group abducted over the last few months hundreds of Kurdish civilians in Aleppo countryside.


Reporting by: Sadruddin Kino

Source: ARA News

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